Do Institutions Own Helio S.A. (WSE:HEL) Shares?

Every investor in Helio S.A. (WSE:HEL) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Helio is a smaller company with a market capitalization of zł45m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about HEL.

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WSE:HEL Ownership Summary, April 25th 2019
WSE:HEL Ownership Summary, April 25th 2019

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

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Helio’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

WSE:HEL Income Statement, April 25th 2019
WSE:HEL Income Statement, April 25th 2019

Helio is not owned by hedge funds. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Helio

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the Helio S.A. stock. This gives them a lot of power. That means they own zł34m worth of shares in the zł45m company. That’s quite meaningful. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 22% stake in HEL. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

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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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