Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The esoft systems A/S (CPH:ESOFT) Share Register?

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A look at the shareholders of esoft systems A/S (CPH:ESOFT) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

With a market capitalization of ø70m, esoft systems is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions don’t own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ESOFT.

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CPSE:ESOFT Ownership Summary February 1st 19
CPSE:ESOFT Ownership Summary February 1st 19

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About esoft systems?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. esoft systems’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

CPSE:ESOFT Income Statement Export February 1st 19
CPSE:ESOFT Income Statement Export February 1st 19

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in esoft systems. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of esoft systems

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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of esoft systems A/S. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own ø54m worth of shares in the ø70m company. That’s quite meaningful. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 24% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Next Steps:

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

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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