What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Alm. Brand A/S (CPH:ALMB)?

The big shareholder groups in Alm. Brand A/S (CPH:ALMB) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of ø10b, Alm. Brand is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Alm. Brand.

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CPSE:ALMB Ownership Summary, December 30th 2019
CPSE:ALMB Ownership Summary, December 30th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Alm. Brand?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

Alm. Brand already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 65% of the company. 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. 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 Alm. Brand’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

CPSE:ALMB Income Statement, December 30th 2019
CPSE:ALMB Income Statement, December 30th 2019

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Alm. Brand. Our data shows that Alm. Brand af 1792 fmba, Endowment Arm is the largest shareholder with 55% of shares outstanding. This implies that they have majority interest control of the future of the company. Norges Bank Investment Management is the second largest shareholder with 2.6% of common stock, followed by Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P., holding 2.0% of the stock.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, It also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Alm. Brand

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. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Alm. Brand A/S. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own ø29m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 35% 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Alm. Brand better, we need to consider many other factors.

For example, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for Alm. Brand which any shareholder or potential investor 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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