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Could The Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

If you want to know who really controls Fidelity National Financial, Inc. (NYSE:FNF), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of US$12b, Fidelity National Financial is rather large. We'd expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. 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 Fidelity National Financial.

ownership-breakdownNYSE:FNF Ownership Breakdown July 20th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Fidelity National Financial?

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.

Fidelity National Financial already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Fidelity National Financial, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

earnings-and-revenue-growthNYSE:FNF Earnings and Revenue Growth July 20th 2021

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Fidelity National Financial is not owned by hedge funds. The company's largest shareholder is BlackRock, Inc., with ownership of 9.8%. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 9.3% and 5.6%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Furthermore, CEO Raymond Quirk is the owner of 0.7% of the company's shares.

A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 18 shareholders have a combined ownership of 51% implying that 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 are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Fidelity National Financial

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Fidelity National Financial, Inc.. Insiders own US$562m worth of shares (at current prices). I sometimes take an interest in whether they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 13% stake in Fidelity National Financial. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Fidelity National Financial better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Fidelity National Financial (including 1 which is a bit concerning) .

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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