I am going to take a deep dive into Qt Group Oyj’s (HLSE:QTCOM) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. Ownership structure has been found to have an impact on shareholder returns in both short- and long-term. Differences in ownership structure of companies can have a profound effect on how management’s incentives are aligned with shareholder returns, and whether they adhere to corporate governance best practices. Although this is an important factor for long-term investors, many investors can also be impacted by institutional presence and their high-volume trading. Now I will analyze QTCOM’s shareholder registry in more detail.See our latest analysis for Qt Group Oyj
Institutional OwnershipInstitutions account for 34.76% of QTCOM’s outstanding shares, a significant enough holding to move stock prices if they start buying and selling in large quantities, especially when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. Although QTCOM has a high institutional ownership, such stock moves, in the short-term, are more commonly linked to a particular type of active institutional investors – hedge funds. For QTCOM shareholders, the potential of this type of share price volatility shouldn’t be as concerning as hedge fund ownership is is not significant,indicating few chances of such sudden price moves. While that hardly seems concerning, I will explore further into QTCOM’s ownership type to find out how it can affect the company’s investment profile.
Insider OwnershipAnother important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. A major group of owners of QTCOM is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 36.95% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). It may be interesting to take a look at what company insiders have been doing with their holdings lately. While insider buying is possibly a sign of a positive outlook for the company, selling doesn’t necessarily indicate a negative outlook as they may be selling to meet personal financial needs.
General Public OwnershipThe general public holds 6.70% stake in QTCOM, thus, representing an important class of owners. This size of ownership, while considerably large for a public company, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.
Private Company OwnershipPotential investors in QTCOM should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 21.60%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. This kind of ownership, if predominantly strategic, can give these companies a significant power to affect QTCOM’s business strategy. Thus, potential investors should look into these business relations and check how it can impact long-term shareholder returns.
The company’s high institutional ownership makes margin of safety a very important consideration to existing investors since long bull and bear trends often emerge when these big-ticket investors see a change in long-term potential of the company. This is to avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. However, if you are building an investment case for QTCOM, ownership structure alone should not dictate your decision to buy or sell the stock. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as Qt Group Oyj’s past track record and financial health. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for QTCOM’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for QTCOM’s outlook.
- Financial Health: Is QTCOM’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
- Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.