ZEAL Network SE's (ETR:TIMA) top owners are public companies with 32% stake, while 20% is held by hedge funds
ZEAL Network's significant public companies ownership suggests that the key decisions are influenced by shareholders from the larger public
A total of 2 investors have a majority stake in the company with 52% ownership
If you want to know who really controls ZEAL Network SE (ETR:TIMA), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. We can see that public companies own the lion's share in the company with 32% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).
And hedge funds on the other hand have a 20% ownership in the company.
Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about ZEAL Network.
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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ZEAL Network?
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 ZEAL Network does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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 ZEAL Network, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.
It would appear that 20% of ZEAL Network shares are controlled by hedge funds. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. MAX Automation SE is currently the largest shareholder, with 32% of shares outstanding. For context, the second largest shareholder holds about 20% of the shares outstanding, followed by an ownership of 15% by the third-largest shareholder.
A more detailed study of the shareholder registry showed us that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 52% stake.
While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.
Insider Ownership Of ZEAL Network
The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.
Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.
We can report that insiders do own shares in ZEAL Network SE. As individuals, the insiders collectively own €60m worth of the €748m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.
General Public Ownership
With a 18% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over ZEAL Network. 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 3.4%, of the shares on issue. It's hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.
Public Company Ownership
It appears to us that public companies own 32% of ZEAL Network. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.
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. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for ZEAL Network that you should be aware of before investing here.
If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.
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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