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Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) (STO:SEB A) Share Register?

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The big shareholder groups in Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) (STO:SEB A) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of kr201b, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) is rather large. We'd expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about SEB A.

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OM:SEB A Ownership Summary, April 29th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.)?

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.

Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 39% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can't rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.), (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

OM:SEB A Income Statement, April 29th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.). Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.)

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 less than 1% of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.). But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven't picked up on. It is a very large company, so it would be surprising to see insiders own a large proportion of the company. Though their holding amount to less than 1%, we can see that board members collectively own kr137m worth of shares (at current prices). It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 35% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SEB A. 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 Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 21% stake in SEB A. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 5.3%, of the SEB A 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 Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ.) better, we need to consider many other factors.

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 .

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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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