What Kind Of Investors Own Most Of DataWalk S.A. (WSE:DAT)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 20, 2020
WSE:DAT

The big shareholder groups in DataWalk S.A. (WSE:DAT) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

DataWalk is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of zł943m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about DataWalk.

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WSE:DAT Ownership Breakdown November 20th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About DataWalk?

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 DataWalk does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can't rely on that fact alone since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of DataWalk, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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WSE:DAT Earnings and Revenue Growth November 20th 2020

DataWalk is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that FGP Venture Sp. z o.o. is the largest shareholder with 24% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 8.2% and 6.9%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Additionally, the company's CEO Pawel Wieczynski directly holds 1.1% of the total shares outstanding.

On further inspection, we found that more than half the company's shares are owned by the top 6 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of DataWalk

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in DataWalk S.A.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own zł40m worth of the zł943m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 38% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 24%, 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.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand DataWalk better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that DataWalk is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those can't be ignored...

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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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