What Type Of Shareholder Owns Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank ASA’s (OB:VVL)?

If you want to know who really controls Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank ASA (OB:VVL), 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 have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of øre279m, Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about VVL.

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OB:VVL Ownership Summary, March 13th 2019
OB:VVL Ownership Summary, March 13th 2019

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

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 22% 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

OB:VVL Income Statement, March 13th 2019
OB:VVL Income Statement, March 13th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank. 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 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.

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 Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank ASA. 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 øre279m, and the board has only øre2.2m worth of shares in their own names. 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 — mostly retail investors — own 64% of Voss Veksel- og Landmandsbank . This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 13%, of the VVL 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.

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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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