What Type Of Shareholder Owns Warehouses Estates Belgium SCA’s (EBR:WEB)?

A look at the shareholders of Warehouses Estates Belgium SCA (EBR:WEB) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Warehouses Estates Belgium is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of €160m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. 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 WEB.

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ENXTBR:WEB Ownership Summary, May 22nd 2019
ENXTBR:WEB Ownership Summary, May 22nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Warehouses Estates Belgium?

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 Warehouses Estates Belgium does have institutional investors; and they hold 5.3% of the stock. 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. 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 Warehouses Estates Belgium’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ENXTBR:WEB Income Statement, May 22nd 2019
ENXTBR:WEB Income Statement, May 22nd 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Warehouses Estates Belgium. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Warehouses Estates Belgium

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Warehouses Estates Belgium SCA. It has a market capitalization of just €160m, and insiders have €4.0m worth of shares, in their own names. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 49% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over WEB. 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 Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 43%, of the company’s shares. 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.

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It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Warehouses Estates Belgium better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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