How Many Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PIRS) Shares Do Institutions Own?

The big shareholder groups in Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PIRS) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of US$171m, Pieris Pharmaceuticals 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 are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Pieris Pharmaceuticals.

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NasdaqCM:PIRS Ownership Summary, March 2nd 2020
NasdaqCM:PIRS Ownership Summary, March 2nd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Pieris Pharmaceuticals?

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

We can see that Pieris Pharmaceuticals does have institutional investors; and they hold 47% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Pieris Pharmaceuticals’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:PIRS Income Statement, March 2nd 2020
NasdaqCM:PIRS Income Statement, March 2nd 2020

It would appear that 19% of Pieris Pharmaceuticals shares are controlled by hedge funds. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. BVF Partners LP is currently the largest shareholder, with 9.7% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Aquilo Capital Management, LLC and BlackRock, Inc. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 9.0% and 6.2%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Additionally, we found that the top 15 have the combined ownership of 51% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder 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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Pieris Pharmaceuticals

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.

Our information suggests that Pieris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. insiders own under 1% of the company. It has a market capitalization of just US$171m, and the board has only US$361k worth of shares in their own names. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 34% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over PIRS. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs for Pieris Pharmaceuticals (1 doesn’t sit too well with us!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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