What Kind Of Shareholders Own Eutelsat Communications S.A. (EPA:ETL)?

The big shareholder groups in Eutelsat Communications S.A. (EPA:ETL) have power over the company. 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.

Eutelsat Communications has a market capitalization of €3.1b, so it’s too big to fly under the radar. We’d expect to see both institutions and retail investors owning a portion of the company. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Eutelsat Communications.

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ENXTPA:ETL Ownership Summary, February 12th 2020
ENXTPA:ETL Ownership Summary, February 12th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Eutelsat Communications?

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 35% of Eutelsat Communications. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Eutelsat Communications’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ENXTPA:ETL Income Statement, February 12th 2020
ENXTPA:ETL Income Statement, February 12th 2020

Eutelsat Communications is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s largest shareholder is Bpifrance Participations SA, with ownership of 20%, The second and third largest shareholders are Fonds Stratégique de Participation (FSP) Compartiment and Fullbloom Investment Corporation, holding 7.5% and 6.6%, respectively.

On further inspection, we found that 51% of the share register is owned by the top 9 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

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 are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Eutelsat Communications

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Eutelsat Communications S.A. in their own names. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own €704k worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. 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 38% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ETL. 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 an ownership of 26%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. 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:

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. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Eutelsat Communications (including 1 which is can’t be ignored) .

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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