How Many PBS Finanse S.A. (WSE:PBF) Shares Do Institutions Own?

If you want to know who really controls PBS Finanse S.A. (WSE:PBF), 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

PBS Finanse is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of zł1.9m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about PBF.

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WSE:PBF Ownership Summary, October 4th 2019
WSE:PBF Ownership Summary, October 4th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About PBS Finanse?

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.

We can see that PBS Finanse does have institutional investors; and they hold 6.0% of the stock. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see PBS Finanse’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

WSE:PBF Income Statement, October 4th 2019
WSE:PBF Income Statement, October 4th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in PBS Finanse. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of PBS Finanse

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Our information suggests that PBS Finanse S.A. insiders own under 1% of the company. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. It appears that the board holds about zł43.2 worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of zł1.9m. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 29% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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

It seems that Private Companies own 65%, of the PBF stock. 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand PBS Finanse better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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