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NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:NREF) is definitely on the radar of hedge funds investors who own 43% of the company

If you want to know who really controls NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:NREF), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. With 43% stake, hedge funds 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.

Since hedge funds have access to huge amounts of capital, their market moves tend to receive a lot of scrutiny by retail or individual investors. Hence, having a considerable amount of institutional money invested in a company is often regarded as a desirable trait.

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about NexPoint Real Estate Finance.

Check out our latest analysis for NexPoint Real Estate Finance

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ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About NexPoint Real Estate Finance?

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.

NexPoint Real Estate Finance already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can't rely on that fact alone since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of NexPoint Real Estate Finance, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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earnings-and-revenue-growth

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 43% of NexPoint Real Estate Finance. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Highland Capital Management, L.P. is currently the largest shareholder, with 43% of shares outstanding. Nexpoint Advisors, L.P. is the second largest shareholder owning 5.1% of common stock, and The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds about 2.4% of the company stock. Furthermore, CEO James Dondero is the owner of 1.5% of the company's shares.

After doing some more digging, we found that the top 3 shareholders collectively control more than half of the company's shares, implying that they have considerable power to influence the company's decisions.

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 NexPoint Real Estate Finance

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board themselves.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in NexPoint Real Estate Finance, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$16m worth of the US$346m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 23% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that NexPoint Real Estate Finance is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those can't be ignored...

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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