What Kind Of Shareholders Own Orphazyme A/S (CPH:ORPHA)?

If you want to know who really controls Orphazyme A/S (CPH:ORPHA), 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 used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Orphazyme is a smaller company with a market capitalization of ø2.8b, so it may still be flying under the radar of 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 Orphazyme.

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CPSE:ORPHA Ownership Summary April 23rd 2020
CPSE:ORPHA Ownership Summary April 23rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Orphazyme?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 19% of Orphazyme. 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 Orphazyme’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

CPSE:ORPHA Income Statement April 23rd 2020
CPSE:ORPHA Income Statement April 23rd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Orphazyme. Orpha Pooling B.V. is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 9.0% of shares outstanding. With 7.0% and 4.9% of the shares outstanding respectively, Consonance Capital Partners and Sunstone Life Science Ventures A/S are the second and third largest shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 23 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. 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 Orphazyme

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Orphazyme A/S. In their own names, insiders own ø63m worth of stock in the ø2.8b company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 63% of Orphazyme shares. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Private Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 7.0% stake in ORPHA. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 9.0%, of the shares on issue. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Orphazyme (including 1 which is shouldn’t be ignored) .

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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