Do Institutions Own UniVision Engineering Limited (LON:UVEL) Shares?

Every investor in UniVision Engineering Limited (LON:UVEL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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 UK£4.8m, UniVision Engineering is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about UniVision Engineering.

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AIM:UVEL Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020
AIM:UVEL Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About UniVision Engineering?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. UniVision Engineering’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

AIM:UVEL Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
AIM:UVEL Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in UniVision Engineering. From our data, we infer that the largest shareholder is Sin Mo Koo (who also holds the title of Top Key Executive) with 73% of shares outstanding. Its usually considered a good sign when insiders own a significant number of shares in the company, and in this case, we’re glad to see a company insider play the role of a key stakeholder. The second and third largest shareholders are Ivor Shrago and Nicholas Lyth, holding 1.4% and 0.3%, respectively. Interestingly, Nicholas Lyth is also a Member of the Board of Directors, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. 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 UniVision Engineering

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of UniVision Engineering Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own UK£3.6m worth of shares in the UK£4.8m company. That’s quite meaningful. 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

The general public, with a 25% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that UniVision Engineering is showing 4 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those is a bit unpleasant…

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