Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The IVF Hartmann Holding AG (VTX:VBSN) Share Register?

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The big shareholder groups in IVF Hartmann Holding AG (VTX:VBSN) 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

IVF Hartmann Holding is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of CHF368m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about VBSN.

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SWX:VBSN Ownership Summary, July 19th 2019
SWX:VBSN Ownership Summary, July 19th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About IVF Hartmann Holding?

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.

We can see that IVF Hartmann Holding does have institutional investors; and they hold 9.6% of the stock. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 IVF Hartmann Holding’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SWX:VBSN Income Statement, July 19th 2019
SWX:VBSN Income Statement, July 19th 2019

IVF Hartmann Holding is not owned by hedge funds. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of IVF Hartmann Holding

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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of IVF Hartmann Holding AG in their own names. It has a market capitalization of just CHF368m, and the board has only CHF570k worth of shares in their own names. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 23% stake in VBSN. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 67% of VBSN. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

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.

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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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