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Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In esoft systems A/S (CPH:ESOFT)?

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The big shareholder groups in esoft systems A/S (CPH:ESOFT) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.'

esoft systems is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of ø67m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions don't own shares in the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about ESOFT.

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CPSE:ESOFT Ownership Summary, September 15th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About esoft systems?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it's less common to see large companies without them.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don't attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. esoft systems'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.

CPSE:ESOFT Income Statement, September 15th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in esoft systems. We're not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of esoft systems

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of esoft systems A/S. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of ø67m, that means they have ø51m worth of shares. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 24% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ESOFT. 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.

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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 like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find 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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