What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most HF Company Société Anonyme (EPA:HF) Stock?

Every investor in HF Company Société Anonyme (EPA:HF) 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. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

HF Company Société Anonyme is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €15m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about HF Company Société Anonyme.

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ENXTPA:HF Ownership Summary, March 4th 2020
ENXTPA:HF Ownership Summary, March 4th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About HF Company Société Anonyme?

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.

HF Company Société Anonyme already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 22% 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. 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 HF Company Société Anonyme, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

ENXTPA:HF Income Statement, March 4th 2020
ENXTPA:HF Income Statement, March 4th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in HF Company Société Anonyme. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is the CEO Yves Bouget with 17% of shares outstanding. With 9.6% and 7.1% of the shares outstanding respectively, Quaero Capital SA and Eric Tabone are the second and third largest shareholders. Interestingly, Eric Tabone is also a Member of the Board of Directors, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

On further inspection, we found that 50% of the share register is owned by the top 7 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. 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 HF Company Société Anonyme

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of HF Company Société Anonyme. It has a market capitalization of just €15m, and insiders have €5.0m worth of shares in their own names. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 44% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over HF. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We’ve spotted 2 warning signs for HF Company Société Anonyme you should be aware of.

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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