What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Rapala VMC Corporation’s (HEL:RAP1V) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in Rapala VMC Corporation (HEL:RAP1V) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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 €114m, Rapala VMC 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 noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Rapala VMC.

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HLSE:RAP1V Ownership Summary, February 21st 2020
HLSE:RAP1V Ownership Summary, February 21st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Rapala VMC?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Rapala VMC already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 27% of the company. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Rapala VMC, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

HLSE:RAP1V Income Statement, February 21st 2020
HLSE:RAP1V Income Statement, February 21st 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Rapala VMC. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Viellard Migeon & Compagnie with 39% of shares outstanding. Sofina Société Anonyme is the second largest shareholder with 19% of common stock, followed by Nordea Investment Management AB, holding 13% of the stock.

Additionally, we found that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 58% stake.

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. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Rapala VMC

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.

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.

Our information suggests that Rapala VMC Corporation insiders own under 1% of the company. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. It has a market capitalization of just €114m, and the board has only €372k worth of shares in their own names. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 12% stake in RAP1V. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 19%, private equity firms could influence the RAP1V board. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 39%, of the shares on issue. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

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 Rapala VMC is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about…

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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