How Many Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) Shares Do Institutions Own?

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The big shareholder groups in Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of US$75b, Lowe’s Companies is rather large. We’d expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about LOW.

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NYSE:LOW Ownership Summary, June 11th 2019
NYSE:LOW Ownership Summary, June 11th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lowe’s Companies?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

We can see that Lowe’s Companies does have institutional investors; and they hold 80% of the stock. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Lowe’s Companies’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NYSE:LOW Income Statement, June 11th 2019
NYSE:LOW Income Statement, June 11th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Lowe’s Companies. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Lowe’s Companies

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Lowe’s Companies, Inc.. As it is a large company, we’d only expect insiders to own a small percentage of it. But it’s worth noting that they own US$133m worth of shares. It is always good to see at least some insider ownership, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 19% stake in LOW. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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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.

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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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