Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Mineral Midrange S.A. (WSE:MND)?

The big shareholder groups in Mineral Midrange S.A. (WSE:MND) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes “a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people.” So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of zł1.4m, Mineral Midrange is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Mineral Midrange.

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WSE:MND Ownership Summary, March 13th 2020
WSE:MND Ownership Summary, March 13th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Mineral Midrange?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Mineral Midrange, for yourself, below.

WSE:MND Income Statement, March 13th 2020
WSE:MND Income Statement, March 13th 2020

Mineral Midrange is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s CEO Tomasz Lewicki is the largest shareholder with 26% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Robert Twarowski and Marcin Zantonowicz, holding 23% and 15%, respectively. Interestingly, Marcin Zantonowicz is also a Member of Supervisory Board, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Additionally, we found that 3 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 64% stake.

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. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Mineral Midrange

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.

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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Mineral Midrange S.A.. This gives them effective control of the company. Given it has a market cap of zł1.4m, that means they have zł1.1m worth of shares. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 22% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over MND. 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. For example, we’ve discovered 4 warning signs for Mineral Midrange (2 are potentially serious!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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