What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most esoft systems A/S (CPH:ESOFT) Stock?

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A look at the shareholders of esoft systems A/S (CPH:ESOFT) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

esoft systems is a smaller company with a market capitalization of ø63m, 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 don’t own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about ESOFT.

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CPSE:ESOFT Ownership Summary, June 12th 2019
CPSE:ESOFT Ownership Summary, June 12th 2019

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

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

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. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. esoft systems might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

CPSE:ESOFT Income Statement, June 12th 2019
CPSE:ESOFT Income Statement, June 12th 2019

esoft systems is not owned by hedge funds. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of esoft systems

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. 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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of esoft systems A/S. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of ø63m, that means they have ø48m worth of shares. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 24% stake in ESOFT. 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.

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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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