What Type Of Shareholders Make Up UPM-Kymmene Oyj's (HEL:UPM) Share Registry?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 03, 2021
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A look at the shareholders of UPM-Kymmene Oyj (HEL:UPM) 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

UPM-Kymmene Oyj is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of €18b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about UPM-Kymmene Oyj.

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HLSE:UPM Ownership Breakdown March 4th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About UPM-Kymmene Oyj?

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.

UPM-Kymmene Oyj already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can't rely on that fact alone since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 UPM-Kymmene Oyj, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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HLSE:UPM Earnings and Revenue Growth March 4th 2021

Hedge funds don't have many shares in UPM-Kymmene Oyj. Our data shows that BlackRock, Inc. is the largest shareholder with 5.1% of shares outstanding. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the second largest shareholder owning 3.0% of common stock, and Norges Bank Investment Management holds about 2.5% of the company stock.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than half of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of UPM-Kymmene Oyj

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 less than 1% of UPM-Kymmene Oyj. As it is a large company, we'd only expect insiders to own a small percentage of it. But it's worth noting that they own €61m worth of shares. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public -- mostly retail investors -- own 57% of UPM-Kymmene Oyj. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

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. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for UPM-Kymmene Oyj you should know about.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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