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How Much Of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI) Do Insiders Own?

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A look at the shareholders of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.'

Willamette Valley Vineyards is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$36m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about WVVI.

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NasdaqCM:WVVI Ownership Summary, March 27th 2019

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

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

Willamette Valley Vineyards already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 10% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Willamette Valley Vineyards's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:WVVI Income Statement, March 27th 2019

Willamette Valley Vineyards is not owned by hedge funds. 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. 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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$36m, and insiders have US$8.7m worth of shares in their own names. 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 -- mostly retail investors -- own 65% of Willamette Valley Vineyards . 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.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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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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