Owning 47% of Mensch und Maschine Software SE (ETR:MUM) means insiders are heavily invested in the company’s future

Key insights

A look at the shareholders of Mensch und Maschine Software SE (ETR:MUM) can tell us which group is most powerful. With 47% ownership, individual insiders hold the maximum shares in the company. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment in the company.

So it follows that any decision made by Mensch und Maschine Software insiders regarding the future of the company would be decisive for them.

Let’s dive deeper into each type of Mensch und Maschine Software owner, starting with the chart below.

See our latest analysis for Mensch und Maschine Software

ownership distribution

ownership distribution

What does institutional ownership tell us about Mensch und Maschine software?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

Mensch und Maschine Software already has institutions on the share register. They actually own a respectable stake in the company. This suggests some credibility among professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, as institutions sometimes make bad investments, just like everyone else. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you can see the stock price drop quickly. It is therefore worth looking at Mensch und Maschine Software’s earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

earnings and revenue growth

earnings and revenue growth

Mensch und Maschine Software is not owned by hedge funds. Based on our data, we deduce that the largest shareholder is Adi Drotleff (who also holds the title of Chairman of the Executive Board) with 47% of the shares outstanding. It is usually considered a good sign when insiders own a significant number of shares in the company, and in this case we are happy to see a company insider playing the role of a key stakeholder. In context, the second largest shareholder holds about 2.2% of the outstanding shares, followed by a 2.1% ownership of the third largest shareholder.

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To make our study more interesting, we found that the top 3 shareholders have majority ownership in the company, which means they are powerful enough to influence the company’s decisions.

While studying institutional ownership of a company can add value to your research, it’s also good practice to examine analyst recommendations to gain a deeper understanding of a stock’s expected performance. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they’re predicting as well.

Insider Ownership of Mensch und Maschine Software

The definition of an insider may vary 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 board members, especially if they are founders or CEOs.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. But in some cases it makes it harder for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our latest data indicates that insiders own a fair share of Mensch und Maschine Software SE. Insiders have a €422m stake in this €898m business. This may indicate that the founders still own many shares. You can click here to see if they have bought or sold.

General public ownership

The general public – including retail investors – owns 37% of the shares in the company and therefore cannot be easily ignored. Although this size of ownership may not be enough to influence a policy decision in their favor, they can still have a collective influence on company policies.

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Next step:

I think it’s very interesting to look at who exactly owns a business. But to really gain insight, we need to consider other information as well.

I always like to check for one history of revenue growth. You can too by accessing this free chart of historical earnings and earnings in this one detailed graph.

Ultimate the future is most important. You can access this for free report on analysts’ forecasts for the company.

NB: The figures in this article are calculated based on data from the last 12 months, which refers to the 12-month period ending on the last date of the month in which the annual accounts are dated. This may not be consistent with the full year report.

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