What Type Of Shareholder Owns Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange SA's (ATH:EXAE)?

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If you want to know who really controls Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange SA (ATH:EXAE), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.'

Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of €287m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about EXAE.

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ATSE:EXAE Ownership Summary, September 16th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 34% of Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange. 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. 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 Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

ATSE:EXAE Income Statement, September 16th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange. 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 Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange SA. In their own names, insiders own €16m worth of stock in the €287m 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

The general public -- mostly retail investors -- own 60% of Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange . This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

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It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Hellenic Exchanges - Athens Stock Exchange better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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