Do Institutions Own Shares In SergeFerrari Group SA (EPA:SEFER)?

Every investor in SergeFerrari Group SA (EPA:SEFER) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

SergeFerrari Group is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €73m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about SergeFerrari Group.

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ENXTPA:SEFER Ownership Summary, January 30th 2020
ENXTPA:SEFER Ownership Summary, January 30th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About SergeFerrari Group?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

SergeFerrari Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 11% of the company. 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. 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 SergeFerrari Group’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

ENXTPA:SEFER Income Statement, January 30th 2020
ENXTPA:SEFER Income Statement, January 30th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in SergeFerrari Group. The company’s largest shareholder is Ferrari Participations, with ownership of 57%, With such a huge stake in the ownership, we infer that they have significant control of the future of the company. The second largest shareholder with 10%, is Serge Ferrari Industries, followed by Bpifrance Participations SA, with an ownership of 5.7%.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 SergeFerrari Group

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in SergeFerrari Group SA. In their own names, insiders own €3.5m worth of stock in the €73m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 11% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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 Equity Ownership

With a stake of 5.7%, private equity firms could influence the SEFER board. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 67%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand SergeFerrari Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We’ve spotted 2 warning signs for SergeFerrari Group you should be aware of, and 1 of them is concerning.

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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