What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 30, 2020

A look at the shareholders of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (NASDAQ:SBLK) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

Star Bulk Carriers is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$543m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Star Bulk Carriers.

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NasdaqGS:SBLK Ownership Summary April 30th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Star Bulk Carriers?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 14% of Star Bulk Carriers. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Star Bulk Carriers's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:SBLK Income Statement April 30th 2020

It looks like hedge funds own 48% of Star Bulk Carriers shares. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. is currently the company's largest shareholder with 37% of shares outstanding. Impala Asset Management, LLC is the second largest shareholder with 5.9% of common stock, followed by Leucadia Investment Management Ltd, holding 5.2% of the stock.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that the top 4 shareholders control 52% of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company's decision-making.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Star Bulk Carriers

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 Star Bulk Carriers Corp.. It has a market capitalization of just US$543m, and insiders have US$40m worth of shares, in their own names. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 23% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SBLK. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 7.7%, of the shares on issue. It's hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Star Bulk Carriers better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Star Bulk Carriers .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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