Do Directors Own Telestrada SA (WSE:TLS) Shares?

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The big shareholder groups in Telestrada SA (WSE:TLS) 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 used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Telestrada is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of zł43m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about TLS.

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WSE:TLS Ownership Summary, May 8th 2019
WSE:TLS Ownership Summary, May 8th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Telestrada?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Telestrada already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 19% of the company. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Telestrada’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

WSE:TLS Income Statement, May 8th 2019
WSE:TLS Income Statement, May 8th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Telestrada. 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 Telestrada

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Our information suggests that Telestrada SA insiders own under 1% of the company. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. It seems the board members have no more than zł4.0k worth of shares in the zł43m company. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 25% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over TLS. 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 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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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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