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Could The Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:MI.UN) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

Every investor in Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (TSE:MI.UN) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of CA$1.2b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust.

View our latest analysis for Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

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ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust?

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.

We can see that Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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 Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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earnings-and-revenue-growth

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Connor, Clark & Lunn Investment Management Ltd. with 9.8% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 9.1% and 4.8%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than half of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

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 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 Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. In their own names, insiders own CA$15m worth of stock in the CA$1.2b company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public -- including retail investors -- own 56% of Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust. This level of ownership gives investors from the wider public some power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 5 warning signs with Minto Apartment Real Estate Investment Trust (at least 1 which is a bit concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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