Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Jernigan Capital Inc (NYSE:JCAP) Share Register?

A look at the shareholders of Jernigan Capital Inc (NYSE:JCAP) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Jernigan Capital is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$388m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about JCAP.

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NYSE:JCAP Ownership Summary November 14th 18
NYSE:JCAP Ownership Summary November 14th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Jernigan Capital?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that Jernigan Capital does have institutional investors; and they hold 74% of the stock. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Jernigan Capital’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NYSE:JCAP Income Statement Export November 14th 18
NYSE:JCAP Income Statement Export November 14th 18

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Jernigan Capital is not owned by hedge funds. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Jernigan Capital

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

We can see that insiders own shares in Jernigan Capital Inc. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$17m worth of the US$388m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 21% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over JCAP. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Jernigan Capital better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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NB: Figures in this article are calculated using data from the last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month the financial statement is dated. This may not be consistent with full year annual report figures.

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