Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Zurich Insurance Group AG (VTX:ZURN) Share Register?

The big shareholder groups in Zurich Insurance Group AG (VTX:ZURN) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Zurich Insurance Group is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of CHF43b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Zurich Insurance Group.

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SWX:ZURN Ownership Summary April 25th 2020
SWX:ZURN Ownership Summary April 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Zurich Insurance Group?

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.

Zurich Insurance Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 33% of 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Zurich Insurance Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SWX:ZURN Income Statement April 25th 2020
SWX:ZURN Income Statement April 25th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Zurich Insurance Group. Capital Research and Management Company is currently the largest shareholder, with 5.0% of shares outstanding. Next, we have BlackRock, Inc. and The Vanguard Group, Inc. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 4.3% and 3.1%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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 Zurich Insurance Group

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 information suggests that Zurich Insurance Group AG insiders own under 1% of the company. It is a very large company, so it would be surprising to see insiders own a large proportion of the company. Though their holding amounts to less than 1%, we can see that board members collectively own CHF66m worth of shares (at current prices). In this sort of situation, it can be more interesting to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 67% of Zurich Insurance Group shares. With this size 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 decline an acquisition or merger 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 Zurich Insurance Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for Zurich Insurance Group you should be aware of.

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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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