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What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc (NASDAQ:WVVI) Stock?

If you want to know who really controls Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc (NASDAQ:WVVI), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.’

Willamette Valley Vineyards is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$39m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about WVVI.

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NasdaqCM:WVVI Ownership Summary October 18th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Willamette Valley Vineyards?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

We can see that Willamette Valley Vineyards does have institutional investors; and they hold 9.4% of the stock. 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 Willamette Valley Vineyards, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqCM:WVVI Income Statement Export October 18th 18

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Willamette Valley Vineyards. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Willamette Valley Vineyards

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Willamette Valley Vineyards Inc. Insiders have a US$10m stake in this US$39m 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 66% stake in WVVI, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

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.

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.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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