The big shareholder groups in Iconovo AB (publ) (STO:ICO) have power over the company.
Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones.
I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

Iconovo is a smaller company with a market capitalization of kr276m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors.
Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that
institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company.
We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ICO.



See our latest analysis for Iconovo


OM:ICO Ownership Summary, April 11th 2019
OM:ICO Ownership Summary, April 11th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Iconovo?

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.

Since institutions own under 5% of Iconovo, many may not have spent much time considering the stock. But it’s clear that some have; and they liked it enough to buy in.
So if the company itself can improve over time, we may well see more institutional buyers in the future.
It is not uncommon to see a big share price rise if multiple institutional investors are trying to buy into a stock at the same time. So check out the historic earnings trajectory, below, but keep in mind it’s the future that counts most.


OM:ICO Income Statement, April 11th 2019
OM:ICO Income Statement, April 11th 2019

Iconovo is not owned by hedge funds.
While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Iconovo

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.
The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Iconovo AB (publ).
Insiders have a kr69m stake in this kr276m business.
I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 71% stake in ICO, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock.
This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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