What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most UBS Group AG (VTX:UBSG) Stock?

If you want to know who really controls UBS Group AG (VTX:UBSG), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of CHF39b, UBS Group is rather large. We’d expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about UBS Group.

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SWX:UBSG Ownership Summary May 1st 2020
SWX:UBSG Ownership Summary May 1st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About UBS Group?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 44% of UBS Group. 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 UBS Group’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

SWX:UBSG Income Statement May 1st 2020
SWX:UBSG Income Statement May 1st 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in UBS Group. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is UBS AG with 7.8% of shares outstanding. With 4.0% and 4.0% of the shares outstanding respectively, Dodge & Cox and Norges Bank Investment Management are the second and third largest shareholders.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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 are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of UBS Group

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of UBS Group AG in their own names. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. Being so large, we would not expect insiders to own a large proportion of the stock. Collectively, they own CHF171m of stock. In this sort of situation, it can be more interesting to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 47% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over UBSG. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 7.8%, of the UBSG stock. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand UBS Group better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for UBS Group that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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