What Type Of Shareholders Make Up SÜSS MicroTec SE's (ETR:SMHN) Share Registry?

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 13, 2021
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A look at the shareholders of SÜSS MicroTec SE (ETR:SMHN) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

SÜSS MicroTec is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €374m, so it may still be flying under the radar 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 SÜSS MicroTec.

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XTRA:SMHN Ownership Breakdown January 13th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About SÜSS MicroTec?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in SÜSS MicroTec. 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 SÜSS MicroTec, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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XTRA:SMHN Earnings and Revenue Growth January 13th 2021

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. SÜSS MicroTec is not owned by hedge funds. The company's largest shareholder is Luxempart S.A., with ownership of 15%. With 15% and 6.5% of the shares outstanding respectively, Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH and SPSW Capital GmbH are the second and third largest shareholders. Additionally, the company's CEO Franz Richter directly holds 0.6% of the total shares outstanding.

We did some more digging and found that 6 of the top shareholders account for roughly 51% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of SÜSS MicroTec

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 information suggests that SÜSS MicroTec SE insiders own under 1% of the company. It has a market capitalization of just €374m, and the board has only €2.4m worth of shares in their own names. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 26% stake in SÜSS MicroTec. 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 Equity Ownership

With a stake of 15%, private equity firms could influence the SÜSS MicroTec board. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and -- as the name suggests -- don't invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for SÜSS MicroTec that you should be aware of before investing here.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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