How Many LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, Société Européenne (EPA:MC) Shares Do Institutions Own?

A look at the shareholders of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, Société Européenne (EPA:MC) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of €166b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about MC.

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ENXTPA:MC Ownership Summary, May 21st 2019
ENXTPA:MC Ownership Summary, May 21st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

As you can see, institutional investors own 23% of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne. 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 LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

ENXTPA:MC Income Statement, May 21st 2019
ENXTPA:MC Income Statement, May 21st 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton Société Européenne

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our information suggests that LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, Société Européenne insiders own under 1% of the company. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. 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 €655m 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

With a 31% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over MC. 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.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 46%, of the company’s shares. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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 .

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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