How Much Of Tax-Net S.A. (WSE:TXN) Do Insiders Own?

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If you want to know who really controls Tax-Net S.A. (WSE:TXN), 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. 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 zł1.5m, Tax-Net is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about TXN.

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WSE:TXN Ownership Summary, May 30th 2019
WSE:TXN Ownership Summary, May 30th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Tax-Net?

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 multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. 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 Tax-Net, for yourself, below.

WSE:TXN Income Statement, May 30th 2019
WSE:TXN Income Statement, May 30th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Tax-Net. 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 Tax-Net

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. 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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Tax-Net S.A.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. So they have a zł1.2m stake in this zł1.5m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 22% stake in TXN. 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.

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