What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Norish Plc (LON:NSH) Stock?

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A look at the shareholders of Norish Plc (LON:NSH) can tell us which group is most powerful. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in 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.’

Norish is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of UK£22m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about NSH.

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AIM:NSH Ownership Summary, June 22nd 2019
AIM:NSH Ownership Summary, June 22nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Norish?

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 17% of Norish. 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 Norish, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

AIM:NSH Income Statement, June 22nd 2019
AIM:NSH Income Statement, June 22nd 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Norish. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Norish

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Norish Plc. Insiders own UK£7.4m worth of shares in the UK£22m company. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 50% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over NSH. 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.

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.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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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