Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL) Share Register?

If you want to know who really controls Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc (NYSE:LL), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Lumber Liquidators Holdings is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$320m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about LL.

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NYSE:LL Ownership Summary December 7th 18
NYSE:LL Ownership Summary December 7th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lumber Liquidators Holdings?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

We can see that Lumber Liquidators Holdings does have institutional investors; and they hold 83% 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 Lumber Liquidators Holdings’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NYSE:LL Income Statement Export December 7th 18
NYSE:LL Income Statement Export December 7th 18

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Lumber Liquidators Holdings 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 Lumber Liquidators Holdings

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. In their own names, insiders own US$6.9m worth of stock in the US$320m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 15% stake in LL. 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.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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