Do Directors Own Mr Hamburger S.A. (WSE:MRH) Shares?

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A look at the shareholders of Mr Hamburger S.A. (WSE:MRH) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.’

Mr Hamburger is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of zł13m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about MRH.

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WSE:MRH Ownership Summary, May 3rd 2019
WSE:MRH Ownership Summary, May 3rd 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Mr Hamburger?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Mr Hamburger might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

WSE:MRH Income Statement, May 3rd 2019
WSE:MRH Income Statement, May 3rd 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Mr Hamburger. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Mr Hamburger

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 a reasonable proportion of Mr Hamburger S.A.. It has a market capitalization of just zł13m, and insiders have zł1.9m worth of shares in their own names. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 14% stake in MRH. 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

We can see that Private Companies own 56%, of the shares on issue. 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.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 15% of MRH. We can’t be certain, but this is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

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.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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