What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ)'s (STO:HM B) Shareholder Register?

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 17, 2020
OM:HM B

If you want to know who really controls H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) (STO:HM B), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

H & M Hennes & Mauritz is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of kr242b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about H & M Hennes & Mauritz.

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OM:HM B Ownership Summary June 18th 2020
OM:HM B Ownership Summary June 18th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About H & M Hennes & Mauritz?

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.

We can see that H & M Hennes & Mauritz does have institutional investors; and they hold 31% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 H & M Hennes & Mauritz's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

OM:HM B Income Statement June 18th 2020
OM:HM B Income Statement June 18th 2020

H & M Hennes & Mauritz is not owned by hedge funds. The company's largest shareholder is Ramsbury Invest AB, with ownership of 46%, State Street Global Advisors, Inc. is the second largest shareholder with 6.0% of common stock, followed by Lottie Tham, holding 5.4% of the stock.

Additionally, we found that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 52% stake.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of H & M Hennes & Mauritz

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ). It is a very large company, and board members collectively own kr18b worth of shares (at current prices). I sometimes take an interest in whether they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 14% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over HM 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

We can see that Private Companies own 47%, of the shares on issue. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it's hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 1 warning sign with H & M Hennes & Mauritz , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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