Key Insights Significantly high institutional ownership implies Catena Media’s stock prices are sensitive to their trading actions. The top 8 shareholders own 51% of the company Ownership research, combined with past performance data can help provide a good understanding of opportunities in a stock If you want to know who really controls Catena Media plc (STO:CTM), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. With 48% stake, institutions possess the maximum shares in the company. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn). And so it follows that institutional investors were the group most affected after the company’s market cap fell to kr1.6b last week after a 10% drop in the share price. The recent loss, which adds up to a one-year loss of 55% for stockholders, may not sit well with this group of investors. Also referred to as “smart money”, institutions have a lot of sway over how a stock’s price moves. Hence, if weakness in Catena Media’s share price continues, institutional investors may feel compelled to sell the stock, which might not be ideal for individual investors. In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of Catena Media. See our latest analysis for Catena Media OM:CTM Ownership Breakdown December 18th 2022 What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Catena Media? 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. Catena Media already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. 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 Catena Media’s earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters. OM:CTM Earnings and Revenue Growth December 18th 2022 It looks like hedge funds own 6.3% of Catena Media shares. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Alcur Funder Ab is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 8.5% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Investment AB Öresund (publ) and Avanza Fonder AB, with an equal amount of shares to their name at 7.9%. We also observed that the top 8 shareholders account for more than half of the share register, with a few smaller shareholders to balance the interests of the larger ones to a certain extent. 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. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track. Insider Ownership Of Catena Media 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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it. 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. Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Catena Media plc in their own names. We do note, however, that it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It appears that the board holds about kr13m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of kr1.6b. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling. General Public Ownership The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 40% stake in Catena Media. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is running. Private Company Ownership Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 4.7%, of the company’s shares. 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. Next Steps: While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that Catena Media is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , you should know about… 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. 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