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Arbonia AG's (VTX:ARBN) top owners are individual investors with 47% stake, while 29% is held by insiders

Key Insights

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

  • A total of 23 investors have a majority stake in the company with 50% ownership

  • Insiders own 29% of Arbonia

To get a sense of who is truly in control of Arbonia AG (VTX:ARBN), it is important to understand the ownership structure of the business. We can see that individual investors own the lion's share in the company with 47% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

Meanwhile, individual insiders make up 29% of the company’s shareholders. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies.


Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Arbonia.

Check out our latest analysis for Arbonia


What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Arbonia?

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.

Arbonia already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can't rely on that fact alone since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Arbonia, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.


We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Arbonia. The company's largest shareholder is Michael Pieper, with ownership of 23%. For context, the second largest shareholder holds about 3.4% of the shares outstanding, followed by an ownership of 3.3% by the third-largest shareholder.

After doing some more digging, we found that the top 23 have the combined ownership of 50% in the company, suggesting that no single shareholder has significant control over the company.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Arbonia

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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Arbonia AG. It has a market capitalization of just CHF818m, and insiders have CHF235m worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 47% stake in Arbonia. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks for example - Arbonia has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

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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