What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Orzel Spolka Akcyjna’s (WSE:ORL) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in Orzel Spolka Akcyjna (WSE:ORL) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

With a market capitalization of zł8.7m, Orzel Spolka Akcyjna is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ORL.

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WSE:ORL Ownership Summary, March 13th 2019
WSE:ORL Ownership Summary, March 13th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Orzel Spolka Akcyjna?

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 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. Orzel Spolka Akcyjna’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:ORL Income Statement, March 13th 2019
WSE:ORL Income Statement, March 13th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Orzel Spolka Akcyjna. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Orzel Spolka Akcyjna

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. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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 insiders own a significant proportion of Orzel Spolka Akcyjna. Insiders have a zł2.7m stake in this zł8.7m business. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 39% stake in ORL. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 30%, of the ORL stock. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

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

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