How Many Koninklijke Wessanen NV (AMS:WES) Shares Do Institutions Own?

A look at the shareholders of Koninklijke Wessanen NV (AMS:WES) 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. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of €760m, Koninklijke Wessanen is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about WES.

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ENXTAM:WES Ownership Summary November 9th 18
ENXTAM:WES Ownership Summary November 9th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Koninklijke Wessanen?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Koninklijke Wessanen already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 37% of the company. 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. 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 Koninklijke Wessanen’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ENXTAM:WES Income Statement Export November 9th 18
ENXTAM:WES Income Statement Export November 9th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Koninklijke Wessanen. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Koninklijke Wessanen

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. 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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Koninklijke Wessanen NV. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It appears that the board holds about €5m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of €760m. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 39% stake in WES. 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

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 23%, of the company’s shares. 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Koninklijke Wessanen better, we need to consider many other factors.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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