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Bucher Industries AG (VTX:BUCN) most popular amongst retail investors who own 42%, insiders hold 36%

Key Insights

  • Significant control over Bucher Industries by retail investors implies that the general public has more power to influence management and governance-related decisions

  • A total of 19 investors have a majority stake in the company with 50% ownership

  • 36% of Bucher Industries is held by insiders

Every investor in Bucher Industries AG (VTX:BUCN) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. We can see that retail investors own the lion's share in the company with 42% ownership. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

And individual insiders on the other hand have a 36% ownership in the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time.

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Let's delve deeper into each type of owner of Bucher Industries, beginning with the chart below.

Check out our latest analysis for Bucher Industries

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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bucher Industries?

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

Bucher Industries 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there's always a risk that they are in a 'crowded trade'. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Bucher Industries' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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Hedge funds don't have many shares in Bucher Industries. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Rudolf Hauser with 25% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 5.9% and 4.3%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Anita Hauser, who is the third-largest shareholder, also happens to hold the title of Vice Chairman.

A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 19 shareholders have a combined ownership of 50% implying that no single shareholder has a majority.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Bucher Industries

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Bucher Industries AG. Insiders own CHF1.4b worth of shares in the CHF3.9b company. That's quite meaningful. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 42% stake in Bucher Industries. 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:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Bucher Industries better, we need to consider many other factors. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for Bucher Industries (of which 1 shouldn't be ignored!) you should know about.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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