How Much Of Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI, S.A. (BME:LRE) Do Institutions Own?

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Every investor in Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI, S.A. (BME:LRE) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of €627m, Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see 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 LRE.

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BME:LRE Ownership Summary, June 24th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI?

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.

Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 65% of the company. 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. 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 Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

BME:LRE Income Statement, June 24th 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. It looks like hedge funds own 20% of Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI shares. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. 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 Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI

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. 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 Lar España Real Estate SOCIMI, S.A.. It seems the board members have no more than €631k worth of shares in the €627m company. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 15% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over LRE. 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.

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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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