Do Directors Own Caleffi S.p.A. (BIT:CLF) Shares?

A look at the shareholders of Caleffi S.p.A. (BIT:CLF) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.’

Caleffi is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of €22m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about CLF.

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BIT:CLF Ownership Summary, March 1st 2019
BIT:CLF Ownership Summary, March 1st 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Caleffi?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Caleffi’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

BIT:CLF Income Statement, March 1st 2019
BIT:CLF Income Statement, March 1st 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Caleffi. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Caleffi

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Caleffi S.p.A.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. So they have a €12m stake in this €22m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 44% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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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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.

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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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