What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Lectra SA (EPA:LSS) Stock?

The big shareholder groups in Lectra SA (EPA:LSS) 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. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.’

With a market capitalization of €722m, Lectra is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about LSS.

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ENXTPA:LSS Ownership Summary, April 17th 2019
ENXTPA:LSS Ownership Summary, April 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lectra?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 51% of Lectra. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Lectra’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ENXTPA:LSS Income Statement, April 17th 2019
ENXTPA:LSS Income Statement, April 17th 2019

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. It looks like hedge funds own 10% of Lectra shares. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Lectra

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.

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.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Lectra SA. It has a market capitalization of just €722m, and insiders have €125m worth of shares in their own names. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 21% stake in LSS. 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.

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

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free .

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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