Why Hurtimex SA’s (WSE:HRT) Ownership Structure Is Important

I am going to take a deep dive into Hurtimex SA’s (WSE:HRT) most recent ownership structure, not a frequent subject of discussion among individual investors. Ownership structure of a company has been found to affect share performance over time. The same amount of capital coming from an activist institution and a passive mutual fund has different implications on corporate governance, which is a decisive factor for a long-term investor. It also impacts the trading environment of company shares, which is more of a concern for short-term investors. Therefore, I will take a look at HRT’s shareholders in more detail.

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WSE:HRT Ownership Summary August 10th 18
WSE:HRT Ownership Summary August 10th 18

Institutional Ownership

Due to the big order sizes of institutional investors, a company’s shares can experience large, one-sided momentum, driven by high volume of shares removed from, or injected into, the market. A low institutional ownership of 2.49% puts HRT on a list of companies that are not likely exposed to spikes in volatility resulting from institutional trading.

Insider Ownership

I find insiders are an important group of stakeholders, who are directly involved in making key decisions related to the use of capital. In essence, insider ownership is more about the alignment of shareholders’ interests with the management. A major group of owners of HRT is individual insiders, sitting with a hefty 38.91% stake in the company. Broadly, insider ownership of this level has been found to negatively affect companies with consistently low PE ratio (underperforming). And a positive impact has been seen on companies with a high PE ratio (outperforming). It may be interesting to take a look at what company insiders have been doing with their holdings lately. Insiders buying company shares can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can simply be driven by personal financial needs.

General Public Ownership

A big stake of 13.65% in HRT is held by the general public. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and potential acquisitions. This is a positive sign for an investor who wants to be involved in key decision-making of the company.

Private Company Ownership

Potential investors in HRT should also look at another important group of investors: private companies, with a stake of 32.83%, who are primarily invested because of strategic and capital gain interests. An ownership of this size indicates a strong financial backing and has the potential to influence HRT’s business strategy. Thus, investors should dig deeper into HRT’s business relations with these companies and how it can affect shareholder returns in the long-term.

Next Steps:

Institutional ownership level and composition in HRT is not high nor active enough to significantly impact its investment thesis. However, ownership structure should not be the only determining factor when you’re building an investment thesis for HRT. Instead, you should be evaluating company-specific factors such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of Hurtimex’s share price. I highly recommend you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HRT’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HRT’s outlook.
  2. Past Track Record: Has HRT been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of HRT’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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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