What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA’s (EPA:MBWS) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA (EPA:MBWS) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €122m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about MBWS.

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ENXTPA:MBWS Ownership Summary, March 21st 2019
ENXTPA:MBWS Ownership Summary, March 21st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits?

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 18% of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits. 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 Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

ENXTPA:MBWS Income Statement, March 21st 2019
ENXTPA:MBWS Income Statement, March 21st 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. It has a market capitalization of just €122m, and the board has only €56k worth of shares in their own names. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 21% stake in MBWS. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 62%, 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:

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.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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