How many Atos SE (EPA: ATO) shares do institutions own?

The large groups of shareholders of Atos SE (EPA: ATO) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large portion of younger and smaller companies, while larger companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Companies that were previously owned by the state tend to have fewer insiders.

With a market capitalization of 5.1 billion euros, Atos is pretty big. We would expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are also generally well known to retail investors. Our analysis of company ownership, below, shows that institutional investors bought the company. Let’s take a closer look at what different types of shareholders can tell us about Atos.

See our latest analysis for Atos

ENXTPA: Distribution of ATO ownership September 21, 2021

What does institutional ownership tell us about Atos?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. Thus, they generally pay more attention to companies that are included in the major indices.

Atos already has institutions on the share register. Indeed, they hold a respectable stake in the company. This implies that analysts working for these institutions have reviewed the action and appreciate it. But like everyone else, they could be wrong. It is not uncommon to see a sharp drop in the stock price if two large institutional investors attempt to sell a stock at the same time. So it’s worth checking out Atos’ past earnings trajectory (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider as well.

profit and revenue growth
ENXTPA: ATO Profit and Revenue Growth September 21, 2021

We note that the hedge funds do not have a significant investment in Atos. The main shareholder of the company is Siemens Pension Trust EV, with a 10.0% stake. In comparison, the second and third shareholders hold around 4.8% and 4.2% of the capital.

Looking at our ownership data, we found that 25 of the major shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no individual has a controlling stake.

While studying the institutional ownership of a company can add value to your research, it is also recommended that you research analyst recommendations to better understand the expected performance of a stock. Many analysts cover the stock, so it can be interesting to see what they are forecasting as well.

Atos insider ownership

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The management ultimately reports to the board of directors. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be board members, especially if they are founders or CEOs.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, there are times when it is more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Atos SE. We note, however, that it is possible that insiders may have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. It’s a big company, so even a small proportional interest can create alignment between the board and shareholders. In this case, the insiders own 4.3 million euros in shares. Arguably recent purchases and sales are equally important to consider. You can click here to see if any insiders have bought or sold.

General public property

The general public has a substantial 52% stake in Atos, which suggests that it is a fairly popular stock. This size of property gives mainstream investors some collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions about executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Owned by a private company

We note that private companies hold 4.2% of issued shares. It may be worth pursuing the question further. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in any of these private companies, this should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the business.

Next steps:

While it is worth considering the different groups that own a business, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we discovered 4 warning signs for Atos which you should know before investing here.

If you are like me, you might want to ask yourself if this business will grow or shrink. Fortunately, you can check out this free report showing analysts’ forecasts for its future.

NB: The figures in this article are calculated from data for the last twelve months, which refer to the 12-month period ending on the last day of the month of date of the financial statement. This may not be consistent with the figures in the annual report for the entire year.

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