What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Elastron S.A. - Steel Service Centers's (ATH:ELSTR) Shareholder Register?

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If you want to know who really controls Elastron S.A. - Steel Service Centers (ATH:ELSTR), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.'

Elastron - Steel Service Centers is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €26m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about ELSTR.

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ATSE:ELSTR Ownership Summary, June 11th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Elastron - Steel Service Centers?

We don't tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it's not particularly common.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Elastron - Steel Service Centers's earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors -- or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

ATSE:ELSTR Income Statement, June 11th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Elastron - Steel Service Centers. We're not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Elastron - Steel Service Centers

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 the majority of Elastron S.A. - Steel Service Centers. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. So they have a €16m stake in this €26m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 38% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Elastron - Steel Service Centers better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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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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