Do Directors Own Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls Amyris, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMRS), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

With a market capitalization of US$270m, Amyris is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Amyris.

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NasdaqGS:AMRS Ownership Summary, February 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:AMRS Ownership Summary, February 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Amyris?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

We can see that Amyris does have institutional investors; and they hold 21% of the stock. 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. 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 Amyris’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:AMRS Income Statement, February 3rd 2020
NasdaqGS:AMRS Income Statement, February 3rd 2020

It looks like hedge funds own 7.9% of Amyris shares. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Koninklijke DSM N.V. is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 12% of shares outstanding. TOTAL S.A. is the second largest shareholder with 9.4% of common stock, followed by Loyola Capital Management, holding 7.9% of the stock.

Additionally, we found that the top 13 have the combined ownership of 50% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder has significant control over the company.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Amyris

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

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 Amyris, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$270m, and insiders have US$63m 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 holds a 19% stake in AMRS. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 6.2%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 22% of AMRS stock. We can’t be certain, but this is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Amyris better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 3 warning signs with Amyris (at least 2 which shouldn’t be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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