Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc (EPA:MLCMB) Share Register?

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The big shareholder groups in Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc (EPA:MLCMB) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.

With a market capitalization of €133m, Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see 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 MLCMB.

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ENXTPA:MLCMB Ownership Summary February 14th 19
ENXTPA:MLCMB Ownership Summary February 14th 19

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

ENXTPA:MLCMB Income Statement Export February 14th 19
ENXTPA:MLCMB Income Statement Export February 14th 19

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Compagnie Du Mont-Blanc. Insiders have a €24m stake in this €133m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking 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. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 18%, of the MLCMB stock. 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.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 38% of MLCMB stock. It’s hard to say for sure, but this suggests they have entwined business interests. This might be a strategic stake, so it’s worth watching this space for changes in ownership.

Next Steps:

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

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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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