While institutions own 26% of Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.("WOQOD") (DSM:QFLS), individual investors are its largest shareholders with 53% ownership

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 17, 2022
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A look at the shareholders of Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.("WOQOD") (DSM:QFLS) can tell us which group is most powerful. With 53% stake, individual investors possess the maximum shares in the company. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

And institutions on the other hand have a 26% ownership in the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones.

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD).

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DSM:QFLS Ownership Breakdown March 17th 2022

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD)?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD). 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 Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD), (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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DSM:QFLS Earnings and Revenue Growth March 17th 2022

Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD) is not owned by hedge funds. QatarEnergy is currently the company's largest shareholder with 20% of shares outstanding. For context, the second largest shareholder holds about 16% of the shares outstanding, followed by an ownership of 5.3% by the third-largest shareholder.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD)

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.("WOQOD") insiders own under 1% of the company. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It's a big company, so even a small proportional interest can create alignment between the board and shareholders. In this case insiders own ر.ق30m worth of shares. It is always good to see at least some insider ownership, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public -- including retail investors -- own 53% of Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD). With this amount of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to vote on acquisitions or mergers that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 20%, of the Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD) stock. 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. For instance, we've identified 1 warning sign for Qatar Fuel Company Q.P.S.C.(WOQOD) that you should be aware of.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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