What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Unicasa Indústria de Móveis S.A.’s (BVMF:UCAS3) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in Unicasa Indústria de Móveis S.A. (BVMF:UCAS3) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

With a market capitalization of R$347m, Unicasa Indústria de Móveis is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Unicasa Indústria de Móveis.

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BOVESPA:UCAS3 Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020
BOVESPA:UCAS3 Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Unicasa Indústria de Móveis?

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 18% of Unicasa Indústria de Móveis. 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 Unicasa Indústria de Móveis’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

BOVESPA:UCAS3 Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
BOVESPA:UCAS3 Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Unicasa Indústria de Móveis. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Alexandre Grendene Bartelle with 42% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Estate Of Frank Zietolie and J.Malucelli Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários Ltda. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 13% and 5.0%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Additionally, we found that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 55% stake.

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 Unicasa Indústria de Móveis

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Unicasa Indústria de Móveis S.A.. Insiders own R$148m worth of shares in the R$347m company. 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

The general public, with a 21% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 18%, of the company’s shares. 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:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 4 warning signs with Unicasa Indústria de Móveis (at least 1 which is a bit concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free free list of interesting companies.

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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