Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI)?

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Every investor in Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc. (NASDAQ:WVVI) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Warren Buffett said that he likes 'a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people'. So it's nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of US$35m, Willamette Valley Vineyards is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about WVVI.

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NasdaqCM:WVVI Ownership Summary, September 11th 2019

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 11% 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 Willamette Valley Vineyards's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:WVVI Income Statement, September 11th 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment 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 company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$35m, and insiders have US$8.4m worth of shares in their own names. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 65% of Willamette Valley Vineyards shares. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

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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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