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What Kind Of Shareholders Own Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación, S.A. (BME:A3M)?

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Every investor in Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación, S.A. (BME:A3M) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of €924m, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. 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 A3M.

Check out our latest analysis for Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación

BME:A3M Ownership Summary, April 3rd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación?

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.

We can see that Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación does have institutional investors; and they hold 17% 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It's therefore worth looking at Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

BME:A3M Income Statement, April 3rd 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 less than 1% of Atresmedia Corporación de Medios de Comunicación, S.A.. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven't picked up on. It's a big company, so even a small proportional interest can create alignment between the board and shareholders. In this case insiders own €337 worth of shares. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 18% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 65%, of the shares on issue. 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:

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.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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