What Type Of Shareholder Owns Foncière Volta’s (EPA:SPEL)?

Every investor in Foncière Volta (EPA:SPEL) 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. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

Foncière Volta is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €81m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Foncière Volta.

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ENXTPA:SPEL Ownership Summary June 9th 2020
ENXTPA:SPEL Ownership Summary June 9th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Foncière Volta?

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.

Less than 5% of Foncière Volta is held by institutional investors. This suggests that some funds have the company in their sights, but many have not yet bought shares in it. So if the company itself can improve over time, we may well see more institutional buyers in the future. We sometimes see a rising share price when a few big institutions want to buy a certain stock at the same time. The history of earnings and revenue, which you can see below, could be helpful in considering if more institutional investors will want the stock. Of course, there are plenty of other factors to consider, too.

ENXTPA:SPEL Income Statement June 9th 2020
ENXTPA:SPEL Income Statement June 9th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Foncière Volta. Foncière Vindi Société Anonyme is currently the largest shareholder, with 30% of shares outstanding. With 25% and 22% of the shares outstanding respectively, Herve Giaoui and André Saada are the second and third largest shareholders. They also happen to be Senior Key Executive and Member of the Board of Directors, respectively. That is, insiders feature higher up in the heirarchy of the company’s top shareholders.

Our analysis suggests that the top 2 shareholders collectively control 54% of the company’s shares, implying that they have considerable power to influence the company’s decisions.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Foncière Volta

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Foncière Volta. It has a market capitalization of just €81m, and insiders have €38m worth of shares in their own names. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 19% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SPEL. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 30% of SPEL stock. It’s hard to say for sure, but this suggests they have entwined business interests. This might be a strategic stake, so it’s worth watching this space for changes in ownership.

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 4 warning signs we’ve spotted with Foncière Volta (including 1 which is is a bit unpleasant) .

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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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