What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Gruppo MutuiOnline S.p.A (BIT:MOL) Stock?

If you want to know who really controls Gruppo MutuiOnline S.p.A (BIT:MOL), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Gruppo MutuiOnline isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of €740m, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about MOL.

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BIT:MOL Ownership Summary, December 6th 2019
BIT:MOL Ownership Summary, December 6th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Gruppo MutuiOnline?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 47% of Gruppo MutuiOnline. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Gruppo MutuiOnline’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

BIT:MOL Income Statement, December 6th 2019
BIT:MOL Income Statement, December 6th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Gruppo MutuiOnline. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Gruppo MutuiOnline

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 less than 1% of Gruppo MutuiOnline S.p.A. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It has a market capitalization of just €740m, and the board has only €6.5m worth of shares in their own names. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 13% stake in MOL. 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.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 39%, of the MOL stock. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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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