What Kind Of Shareholders Own Poltronic S.A. (WSE:PTN)?

A look at the shareholders of Poltronic S.A. (WSE:PTN) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

Poltronic is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of zł2.3m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions don’t own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Poltronic.

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WSE:PTN Ownership Summary, January 17th 2020
WSE:PTN Ownership Summary, January 17th 2020

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

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Poltronic, for yourself, below.

WSE:PTN Income Statement, January 17th 2020
WSE:PTN Income Statement, January 17th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Poltronic. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Jaroslaw Leszczyszyn with 65% of shares outstanding. This implies that they have majority interest control of the future of the company. The second largest shareholder is Chief Executive Officer Marek Kolodziejski holding17%.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Poltronic

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Poltronic S.A.. This gives them effective control of the company. Given it has a market cap of zł2.3m, that means they have zł1.9m worth of shares. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 19% stake in PTN. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that Poltronic is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those shouldn’t be ignored…

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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