What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of K&K Herbal Poland S.A. (WSE:KKH)?

Every investor in K&K Herbal Poland S.A. (WSE:KKH) 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 zł1.5m, K&K Herbal Poland is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about KKH.

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WSE:KKH Ownership Summary, December 12th 2019
WSE:KKH Ownership Summary, December 12th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About K&K Herbal Poland?

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. K&K Herbal Poland might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

WSE:KKH Income Statement, December 12th 2019
WSE:KKH Income Statement, December 12th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in K&K Herbal Poland. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of K&K Herbal Poland

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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

It seems that insiders own more than half the K&K Herbal Poland S.A. stock. This gives them a lot of power. That means they own zł839k worth of shares in the zł1.5m company. That’s quite meaningful. 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, with a 43% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Next Steps:

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.

For example, we’ve discovered 4 warning signs for K&K Herbal Poland (of which 3 are major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

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