What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The ALK-Abelló A/S’s (CPH:ALK B) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in ALK-Abelló A/S (CPH:ALK B) 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

ALK-Abelló has a market capitalization of ø18b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about ALK B.

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CPSE:ALK B Ownership Summary, December 15th 2019
CPSE:ALK B Ownership Summary, December 15th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ALK-Abelló?

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 ALK-Abelló does have institutional investors; and they hold 24% 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 ALK-Abelló’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

CPSE:ALK B Income Statement, December 15th 2019
CPSE:ALK B Income Statement, December 15th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in ALK-Abelló. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of ALK-Abelló

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 less than 1% of ALK-Abelló A/S. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own ø14m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share.

General Public Ownership

With a 35% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ALK B. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 41%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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