Who Really Owns Maistro plc (LON:MAIS)?

Today, I will be analyzing Maistro plc’s (AIM:MAIS) recent ownership structure, an important but not-so-popular subject among individual investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. The effect of an active institutional investor with a similar ownership as a passive pension-fund can be vastly different on a company’s corporate governance and accountability to shareholders. While this may be more interesting for long-term investors, short-term investors can also benefit by paying attention to when these institutions trade in order to take advantage of the heightened volatility. Therefore, it is beneficial for us to examine MAIS’s ownership structure in more detail.

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AIM:MAIS Ownership_summary Apr 16th 18
AIM:MAIS Ownership_summary Apr 16th 18

Institutional Ownership

Institutions account for 65.51% of MAIS’s outstanding shares, a significant enough holding to move stock prices if they start buying and selling in large quantities, especially when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. Although MAIS has a high institutional ownership, such stock moves, in the short-term, are more commonly linked to a particular type of active institutional investors – hedge funds. In the case of MAIS, investors need not worry about such volatility considering active hedge funds don’t have a significant stake. However, we should dig deeper into MAIS’s ownership structure and find out how other key ownership classes can affect its investment profile.

Insider Ownership

Another important group of shareholders are company insiders. Insider ownership has to do more with how the company is managed and less to do with the direct impact of the magnitude of shares trading on the market. A major group of owners of MAIS is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 24.29% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). Another aspect of insider ownership is to learn about their recent transactions. Insiders buying company shares can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can simply be driven by personal financial needs.
AIM:MAIS Insider_trading Apr 16th 18
AIM:MAIS Insider_trading Apr 16th 18

General Public Ownership

With 5.42% ownership, the general public are also an important ownership class in MAIS. 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 if it aligns with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

Potential investors in MAIS should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 4.78%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. However, an ownership of this size may be relatively insignificant, meaning that these shareholders may not have the potential to influence MAIS’s business strategy. Thus, investors not need worry too much about the consequences of these holdings.

Next Steps:

The company’s high institutional ownership makes margin of safety a very important consideration to existing investors since long bull and bear trends often emerge when these big-ticket investors see a change in long-term potential of the company. This is to avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. However, ownership structure should not be the only focus of your research when constructing an investment thesis around MAIS. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of Maistro’s share price. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  • 1. Financial Health: Is MAIS’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  • 2. Past Track Record: Has MAIS been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of MAIS’s historicals for more clarity.
  • 3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.
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.