Vapotherm, Inc.'s (NYSE:VAPO) latest 13% decline adds to one-year losses, institutional investors may consider drastic measures

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 21, 2022
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To get a sense of who is truly in control of Vapotherm, Inc. (NYSE:VAPO), it is important to understand the ownership structure of the business. And the group that holds the biggest piece of the pie are institutions with 60% ownership. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

And so it follows that institutional investors was the group most impacted after the company's market cap fell to US$353m last week after a 13% drop in the share price. The recent loss, which adds to a one-year loss of 52% for stockholders, may not sit well with this group of investors. Institutions or "liquidity providers" control large sums of money and therefore, these types of investors usually have a lot of influence over stock price movements. As a result, if the decline continues, institutional investors may be pressured to sell Vapotherm which might hurt individual investors.

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Vapotherm.

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NYSE:VAPO Ownership Breakdown February 21st 2022

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Vapotherm?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Vapotherm. 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. 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 Vapotherm, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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NYSE:VAPO Earnings and Revenue Growth February 21st 2022

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. It would appear that 18% of Vapotherm shares are controlled by hedge funds. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. Artisan Partners Limited Partnership is currently the largest shareholder, with 7.6% of shares outstanding. Prescott General Partners LLC is the second largest shareholder owning 7.5% of common stock, and BlackRock, Inc. holds about 6.7% of the company stock. In addition, we found that Joseph Army, the CEO has 2.7% of the shares allocated to their name.

On further inspection, we found that more than half the company's shares are owned by the top 10 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

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 Vapotherm

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. 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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Vapotherm, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$353m, and insiders have US$28m worth of shares, in their own names. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 14% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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. For example, we've discovered 2 warning signs for Vapotherm that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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