What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Voluntis S.A.’s (EPA:VTX) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in Voluntis S.A. (EPA:VTX) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Voluntis is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of €18m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Voluntis.

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ENXTPA:VTX Ownership Summary, February 5th 2020
ENXTPA:VTX Ownership Summary, February 5th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Voluntis?

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.

We can see that Voluntis does have institutional investors; and they hold 11% of the stock. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Voluntis’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

ENXTPA:VTX Income Statement, February 5th 2020
ENXTPA:VTX Income Statement, February 5th 2020

Voluntis is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Bpifrance Participations SA with 21% of shares outstanding. Sham Innovation Santé is the second largest shareholder with 13% of common stock, followed by LBO France, holding 8.1% of the stock.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that the top 5 shareholders control 54% of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company’s decision-making.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Voluntis

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.

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Voluntis S.A.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own €521k worth of the €18m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 36% stake in VTX. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 49%, private equity firms could influence the VTX board. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks, for example – Voluntis has 6 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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