A look at the shareholders of Bucher Industries AG (VTX: BUCN) can tell us which group is the most powerful. With a 41% stake, individual investors hold the most shares in the company. That is, the group will benefit the most if the stock goes up (or lose the most if there is a downturn).
Individual insiders, meanwhile, represent 36% of the company’s shareholders. Institutions often own shares in larger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of smaller ones.
Let’s dive deeper into each Bucher Industries owner type, starting with the table below.
See our latest analysis for Bucher Industries
What does institutional ownership tell us about Bucher Industries?
Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it is included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions listed, especially if they are growing.
Bucher Industries already has establishments registered in the share register. Indeed, they hold a respectable stake in the company. This suggests some credibility with professional investors. But we cannot rely solely on this fact since institutions sometimes make bad investments, like everyone else. It is not uncommon to see a sharp decline in the stock price if two large institutional investors attempt to sell a stock at the same time. It is therefore worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Bucher Industries (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider as well.
We note that hedge funds have no significant investment in Bucher Industries. Looking at our data, we can see that the major shareholder is Rudolf Hauser with 25% of the shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders hold 5.9% and 4.3% of the outstanding shares respectively. Anita Hauser, who is the third shareholder, also holds the title of vice-president.
After digging a little deeper, we found that the top 18 held combined ownership of 50% of the company, suggesting that no single shareholder has significant control over the company.
Institutional ownership research is a good way to assess and filter the expected performance of a stock. The same can be obtained by studying the feelings of the analyst. A number of analysts cover the stock, so you can look at growth forecasts quite easily.
Insider ownership of Bucher Industries
While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The management of the company runs the company, but the CEO will answer to the board of directors, even if he is a member of it.
Insider ownership is positive when it signals that executives think like the true owners of the company. However, strong insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in certain circumstances.
Our information suggests that insiders hold a significant stake in Bucher Industries AG. It has a market capitalization of just CHF 3.4 billion and insiders hold CHF 1.2 billion worth of shares in their own name. It is quite significant. Most would be delighted to see the board investing alongside them. You may want to access this free chart showing recent insider trades.
General public property
The general public, including retail investors, owns 41% of the company’s shares and therefore cannot be easily ignored. This size of ownership, although considerable, may not be sufficient to change company policy if the decision is not in line with other major shareholders.
I find it very interesting to see who exactly owns a business. But to really get insight, we also need to consider other information. For example, we have identified 1 warning sign for Bucher Industries of which you should be aware.
But finally it’s the future, not the past, which will determine the performance of the owners of this company. Therefore, we think it’s advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.
NB: The figures in this article are calculated using trailing twelve month data, which refers to the 12 month period ending on the last day of the month in which the financial statements are dated. This may not be consistent with the annual report figures for the full year.
Feedback on this article? Concerned about content? Get in touch with us directly. You can also email the editorial team (at) Simplywallst.com.
This Simply Wall St article is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It is not a recommendation to buy or sell stocks and does not take into account your objectives or financial situation. Our goal is to bring you targeted long-term analysis based on fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not take into account the latest announcements from price-sensitive companies or qualitative materials. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.