[GUIDE] The VEEM Ltd (ASX:VEE) Ownership Structure Could Be Important – Forum

Every investor in VEEM Ltd (ASX:VEE) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in 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.’

VEEM is a smaller company with a market capitalization of AU$76.1m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about VEE.

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ASX:VEE Ownership Summary September 19th 18
ASX:VEE Ownership Summary September 19th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About VEEM?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that VEEM does have institutional investors; and they hold 23.1% of the stock. 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. 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 VEEM’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

ASX:VEE Income Statement Export September 19th 18
ASX:VEE Income Statement Export September 19th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in VEEM. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of VEEM

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.

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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the VEEM Ltd stock. This gives them a lot of power. That means they own AU$47.1m worth of shares in the AU$76.1m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 14.5% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

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.

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 .

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this freelist of interesting companies.

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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.

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[GUIDE] The VEEM Ltd (ASX:VEE) Ownership Structure Could Be Important – Forum
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