What types of shareholders own Airbus SE (EPA: AIR)?
Every investor in Airbus SE (EPA: AIR) needs to know the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it is not uncommon to see insiders owning a good number of smaller companies. We also tend to see a decrease in insider ownership in companies that were previously owned by the state.
Airbus has a market capitalization of 91 billion euros, so it’s too big to go unnoticed. We expect institutions and retail investors to own a portion of the company. Looking at our data on ownership groups (below), it appears that institutions are visible on the share register. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to find out more about Airbus.
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What does institutional ownership tell us about Airbus?
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.
We can see that Airbus has institutional investors; and they own a good portion of the company’s shares. This may indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is better to be careful not to rely on the so-called validation that accompanies institutional investors. They too are sometimes wrong. If several institutions change their mind about a stock at the same time, you could see the stock price drop quickly. So it’s worth taking a look at the Airbus profit history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.
Airbus does not belong to hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Capital Research and Management Company with 11% of the shares outstanding. The second and third shareholders are SOGEPA, Endowment Arm and KfW, with an equal number of shares in their name at 11%.
A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 13 shareholders have a combined 51% ownership, implying that no shareholder has a majority.
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. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it can be helpful to know their overall vision for the future.
Airbus insider ownership
The definition of an insider may differ slightly from country to country, but board members still count. 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 information suggests that Airbus SE insiders own less than 1% of the company. But they can have an indirect interest through a business structure that we have not chosen. Being so important, we wouldn’t expect insiders to own a large chunk of the shares. Collectively, they own 3.5 million euros in shares. It’s always good to see at least one insider property, but it may be worth checking out if those insiders have sold.
General public property
The general public holds 42% of the capital of Airbus. While this group cannot necessarily take the lead, it can certainly have a real influence on how the business is run.
Owned by a private company
It appears that private companies own 15% of Airbus 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.
I find it very interesting to see who exactly owns a company. But to really understand better, we have to take other information into account as well. Consider, for example, the ever-present specter of investment risk. We have identified 2 warning signs with Airbus, and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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 date 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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