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Every investor in Athens Medical Center S.A. (ATH:IATR) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

Athens Medical Center is a smaller company with a market capitalization of €119m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutions are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Athens Medical Center.

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ATSE:IATR Ownership Breakdown September 11th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Athens Medical Center?

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 could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Athens Medical Center might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

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ATSE:IATR Earnings and Revenue Growth September 11th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Athens Medical Center. Because actions speak louder than words, we consider it a good sign when insiders own a significant stake in a company. In Athens Medical Center’s case, its Top Key Executive, Georgios Apostolopoulos, is the largest shareholder, holding 41% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 0.06% and 0.03% of the stock.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 4 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Athens Medical Center

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Athens Medical Center S.A.. Insiders have a €49m stake in this €119m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 59% of Athens Medical Center. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for Athens Medical Center (of which 1 is potentially serious!) you should know about.

If you would prefer check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, backed by strong financial data.

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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