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After losing 16% in the past year, Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE:FVRR) institutional owners must be relieved by the recent gain

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Key Insights

To get a sense of who is truly in control of Fiverr International Ltd. (NYSE:FVRR), it is important to understand the ownership structure of the business. We can see that institutions own the lion's share in the company with 48% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

Institutional investors would probably welcome last week's 16% increase in share prices after a year of 16% losses as a sign that returns are likely to begin trending higher.

Let's delve deeper into each type of owner of Fiverr International, beginning with the chart below.

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NYSE:FVRR Ownership Breakdown December 5th 2023

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Fiverr International?

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 Fiverr International. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Fiverr International's historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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NYSE:FVRR Earnings and Revenue Growth December 5th 2023

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Fiverr International. Our data shows that Jonathan Kolber is the largest shareholder with 7.6% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 4.7% and 4.3% of the stock. Micha Kaufman, who is the second-largest shareholder, also happens to hold the title of Chief Executive Officer.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than half of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

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. 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 Fiverr International

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Fiverr International Ltd.. It has a market capitalization of just US$1.0b, and insiders have US$136m worth of shares in their own names. That's quite significant. Most would say this shows a good degree of alignment with shareholders, especially in a company of this size. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 39% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Fiverr International you should be aware of.

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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