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individual investors who own 51% along with institutions invested in Balanced Commercial Property Trust Ltd (LON:BCPT) saw increase in their holdings value last week

Every investor in Balanced Commercial Property Trust Ltd (LON:BCPT) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. With 51% stake, individual investors possess the maximum shares in the company. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

Following a 8.8% increase in the stock price last week, individual investors profited the most, but institutions who own 49% stock also stood to gain from the increase.

In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of Balanced Commercial Property Trust.

See our latest analysis for Balanced Commercial Property Trust

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ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Balanced Commercial Property Trust?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Balanced Commercial Property Trust. 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 Balanced Commercial Property Trust's historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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Hedge funds don't have many shares in Balanced Commercial Property Trust. Aviva Investors Global Services Limited is currently the largest shareholder, with 23% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 5.5% and 5.0% of the stock.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 25 shareholders collectively hold less than half of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no single shareholder has a majority.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Balanced Commercial Property Trust

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Balanced Commercial Property Trust Ltd in their own names. It seems the board members have no more than UK£346k worth of shares in the UK£648m company. We generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, collectively holds 51% of Balanced Commercial Property Trust shares. With this amount of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to vote on acquisitions or mergers that may not improve profitability.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Balanced Commercial Property Trust better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that Balanced Commercial Property Trust is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is potentially serious...

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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