Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Mackmyra Svensk Whisky AB (publ) (STO:MACK B)?

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A look at the shareholders of Mackmyra Svensk Whisky AB (publ) (STO:MACK B) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.’

Mackmyra Svensk Whisky is a smaller company with a market capitalization of kr126m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about MACK B.

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OM:MACK B Ownership Summary, June 20th 2019
OM:MACK B Ownership Summary, June 20th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Mackmyra Svensk Whisky?

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.

Mackmyra Svensk Whisky already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 11% 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. 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 Mackmyra Svensk Whisky’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

OM:MACK B Income Statement, June 20th 2019
OM:MACK B Income Statement, June 20th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Mackmyra Svensk Whisky. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Mackmyra Svensk Whisky

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Mackmyra Svensk Whisky AB (publ). Insiders have a kr47m stake in this kr126m 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 25% stake in MACK B. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 27%, of the MACK B stock. 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.

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