Institutions along with individual investors who hold considerable shares inGr. Sarantis S.A. (ATH:SAR) come under pressure; lose 10% of holdings value

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 10, 2022
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Every investor in Gr. Sarantis S.A. (ATH:SAR) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. And the group that holds the biggest piece of the pie are individual investors with 59% ownership. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

While institutions, who own 38% shares weren’t spared from last week’s €50m market cap drop, individual investors as a group suffered the maximum losses

Let's delve deeper into each type of owner of Gr. Sarantis, beginning with the chart below.

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ATSE:SAR Ownership Breakdown May 10th 2022

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Gr. Sarantis?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that Gr. Sarantis does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there's always a risk that they are in a 'crowded trade'. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Gr. Sarantis' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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ATSE:SAR Earnings and Revenue Growth May 10th 2022

Gr. Sarantis is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is FMR LLC with 11% of shares outstanding. Swedbank Robur Fonder AB is the second largest shareholder owning 5.0% of common stock, and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, L.P. holds about 5.0% of the company stock. Furthermore, CEO Kyriakos Sarantis is the owner of 3.3% of the company's shares.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 25 shareholders collectively hold less than half of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no single shareholder has a majority.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Gr. Sarantis

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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Gr. Sarantis S.A.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own €14m worth of the €435m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, collectively holds 59% of Gr. Sarantis shares. With this amount of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to vote on acquisitions or mergers that may not improve profitability.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Gr. Sarantis better, we need to consider many other factors. Case in point: We've spotted 3 warning signs for Gr. Sarantis you should be aware of.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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