Do Directors Own Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank ASA (OB:VVL) Shares?

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A look at the shareholders of Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank ASA (OB:VVL) 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.

Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of øre309m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about VVL.

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OB:VVL Ownership Summary, July 10th 2019
OB:VVL Ownership Summary, July 10th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank?

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.

Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 25% of the company. 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 Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

OB:VVL Income Statement, July 10th 2019
OB:VVL Income Statement, July 10th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 information suggests that Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank ASA insiders own under 1% of the company. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. It seems the board members have no more than øre2.6m worth of shares in the øre309m company. I generally like to see a board more invested. However it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 64% of Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank . With this size 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 decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 11%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

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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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