What Kind Of Shareholders Own Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) (STO:SEB A)?

Every investor in Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) (STO:SEB A) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of kr188b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.).

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OM:SEB A Ownership Breakdown August 26th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.)?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.)’s historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

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OM:SEB A Earnings and Revenue Growth August 26th 2020

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s largest shareholder is Investor AB (publ), with ownership of 21%. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 6.6% and 5.3% of the stock.

A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 11 shareholders have a combined ownership of 50% implying that no single shareholder has a majority.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.)

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.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) in their own names. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. As it is a large company, we’d only expect insiders to own a small percentage of it. But it’s worth noting that they own kr123m worth of shares. Arguably recent buying and selling is just as important to consider. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 33% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.). 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 Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 21%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 5.3%, of the company’s shares. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 2 warning signs with Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) (at least 1 which is a bit unpleasant) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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