Do Institutions Own Banque Cantonale du Jura (VTX:BCJ) Shares?

Every investor in Banque Cantonale du Jura (VTX:BCJ) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Banque Cantonale du Jura is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CHF168m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about BCJ.

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SWX:BCJ Ownership Summary, May 24th 2019
SWX:BCJ Ownership Summary, May 24th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Banque Cantonale du Jura?

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.

We can see that Banque Cantonale du Jura does have institutional investors; and they hold 23% of the 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Banque Cantonale du Jura’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

SWX:BCJ Income Statement, May 24th 2019
SWX:BCJ Income Statement, May 24th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Banque Cantonale du Jura. 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 Banque Cantonale du Jura

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Banque Cantonale du Jura in their own names. It seems the board members have no more than CHF111k worth of shares in the CHF168m company. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 22% stake in the company, will not 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.

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I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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