I am going to take a deep dive into Symantec Corporation’s (NASDAQ:SYMC) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. When it comes to ownership structure of a company, the impact has been observed in both the long-and short-term performance of shares. Differences in ownership structure of companies can have a profound effect on how management’s incentives are aligned with shareholder returns, and whether they adhere to corporate governance best practices. Although this is an important factor for long-term investors, many investors can also be impacted by institutional presence and their high-volume trading. Now I will analyze SYMC’s shareholder registry in more detail.
SYMC’s 97.78% institutional ownership seems enough to cause large share price movements in the case of significant share sell-off or acquisitions by institutions, particularly when there is a low level of public shares available on the market to trade. These moves, at least in the short-term, are generally observed in an institutional ownership mix comprising of active stock pickers, in particular levered hedge funds, which can cause large price swings. For shareholders in SYMC, sharp price movements may not be a major concern as the primarily active ones, hedge funds, hardly hold a mentionable stake in the company. Although this doesn’t necessarily lead to high short-term volatility, we should dig deeper into SYMC’s ownership structure to find how the remaining owner types can affect its investment profile.
Insiders form another group of important ownership types as they manage the company’s operations and decide the best use of capital. Insider ownership has been linked to better alignment between management and shareholders. SYMC insiders may only hold a 0.78% stake in the company, but this is a relatively significant holding given it is a large-cap stock. A higher level of insider ownership has been linked to management executing on high-returning projects instead of expansion projects for the sake of apparent growth. It would also be interesting to check what insiders have been doing with their shareholding recently. Insider buying can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can be simply driven by personal financial requirements.
General Public Ownership
With 1.44% ownership, the general public are a relatively smaller ownership class in SYMC. This size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, but they can still make a collective impact on company policies if it aligns with other large shareholders.
SYMC has a significant level of institutional ownership, which often causes long bull and bear trends if the perceived value of the stock changes for these big-ticket investors. This will allow an investor to reduce the impact of non-fundamental factors, such as volatile block trading impact on their portfolio value. However, other important factors we must never forget to assess are the fundamentals. I recommend you take a look at our latest free analysis report on Symantec to see SYMC’s fundamentals and whether it could be considered an undervalued opportunity.
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