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Do Directors Own Quality & Reliability A.B.E.E (ATH:QUAL) Shares?

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If you want to know who really controls Quality & Reliability A.B.E.E (ATH:QUAL), 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.'

Quality & ReliabilityE.E is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of €5.9m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about QUAL.

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ATSE:QUAL Ownership Summary, May 1st 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Quality & ReliabilityE.E?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it's unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Quality & ReliabilityE.E's earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors -- or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

ATSE:QUAL Income Statement, May 1st 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Quality & ReliabilityE.E. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Quality & ReliabilityE.E

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 Quality & Reliability A.B.E.E. Insiders have a €1.5m stake in this €5.9m 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, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 75% stake in QUAL, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

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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.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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