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Do Institutions Own Family Zone Cyber Safety Limited (ASX:FZO) Shares?

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The big shareholder groups in Family Zone Cyber Safety Limited (ASX:FZO) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Warren Buffett said that he likes 'a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people'. So it's nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Family Zone Cyber Safety is a smaller company with a market capitalization of AU$37m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about FZO.

View our latest analysis for Family Zone Cyber Safety

ASX:FZO Ownership Summary, September 5th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Family Zone Cyber Safety?

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.

Family Zone Cyber Safety already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 10.0% of the company. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Family Zone Cyber Safety, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

ASX:FZO Income Statement, September 5th 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Family Zone Cyber Safety. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Family Zone Cyber Safety

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Family Zone Cyber Safety Limited. Insiders have a AU$7.0m stake in this AU$37m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 64% of Family Zone Cyber Safety shares. 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.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 6.8%, of the FZO stock. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it's hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Family Zone Cyber Safety better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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