What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Mensch und Maschine Software SE’s (FRA:MUM) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in Mensch und Maschine Software SE (FRA:MUM) 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. 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 €496m, Mensch und Maschine Software is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about MUM.

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DB:MUM Ownership Summary, August 17th 2019
DB:MUM Ownership Summary, August 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Mensch und Maschine Software?

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.

We can see that Mensch und Maschine Software does have institutional investors; and they hold 13% 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. 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 Mensch und Maschine Software, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

DB:MUM Income Statement, August 17th 2019
DB:MUM Income Statement, August 17th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Mensch und Maschine Software. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Mensch und Maschine Software

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

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 information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Mensch und Maschine Software SE. It has a market capitalization of just €496m, and insiders have €228m worth of shares in their own names. 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

With a 41% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over MUM. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Mensch und Maschine Software better, we need to consider many other factors.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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