What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG (VIE:SWUT)?

The big shareholder groups in SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG (VIE:SWUT) have power over the company. 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.’

SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €11m, 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. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about SWUT.

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WBAG:SWUT Ownership Summary, March 5th 2019
WBAG:SWUT Ownership Summary, March 5th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner?

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.

We can see that SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner does have institutional investors; and they hold 45% 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. 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 SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

WBAG:SWUT Income Statement, March 5th 2019
WBAG:SWUT Income Statement, March 5th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner AG. In their own names, insiders own €574k worth of stock in the €11m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 45% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 5.0%, of the company’s shares. 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 SW Umwelttechnik Stoiser & Wolschner better, we need to consider many other factors.

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