Is Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A. (SNSE:SMSAAM) Popular Amongst Institutions?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 11, 2021
SNSE:SMSAAM
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Every investor in Sociedad Matriz SAAM S.A. (SNSE:SMSAAM) 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. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of CL$515b, Sociedad Matriz SAAM is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Sociedad Matriz SAAM.

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SNSE:SMSAAM Ownership Breakdown August 12th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sociedad Matriz SAAM?

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.

Sociedad Matriz SAAM already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Sociedad Matriz SAAM, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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SNSE:SMSAAM Earnings and Revenue Growth August 12th 2021

Sociedad Matriz SAAM is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Quiñenco SA with 52% of shares outstanding. With such a huge stake in the ownership, we infer that they have significant control of the future of the company. With 8.8% and 2.8% of the shares outstanding respectively, Moneda S.A. Administradora General de Fondos and Inversiones Gran Araucaria S.A. are the second and third largest shareholders.

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 Sociedad Matriz SAAM

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

We note our data does not show any board members holding shares, personally. Given we are not picking up on insider ownership, we may have missing data. Therefore, it would be interesting to assess the CEO compensation and tenure, here.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 19% stake in Sociedad Matriz SAAM. 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

Public companies currently own 52% of Sociedad Matriz SAAM 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. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Sociedad Matriz SAAM (of which 1 is a bit concerning!) you should know about.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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