Is Tanla Solutions Limited’s (NSE:TANLA) Shareholder Ownership Skewed Towards Insiders?

If you want to know who really controls Tanla Solutions Limited (NSE:TANLA), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

Tanla Solutions is a smaller company with a market capitalization of ₹38b, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Tanla Solutions.

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NSEI:TANLA Ownership Breakdown September 11th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Tanla Solutions?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Tanla Solutions, for yourself, below.

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NSEI:TANLA Earnings and Revenue Growth September 11th 2020

Tanla Solutions is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s CEO Dasari Uday Reddy is the largest shareholder with 37% of shares outstanding. With 16% and 2.7% of the shares outstanding respectively, Banyan Investments Limited and Deepak Goyal are the second and third largest shareholders. Interestingly, the third-largest shareholder, Deepak Goyal is also a Member of the Board of Directors, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

A more detailed study of the shareholder registry showed us that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 53% stake.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Tanla Solutions

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Tanla Solutions Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. Given it has a market cap of ₹38b, that means they have ₹21b worth of shares. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 22% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over Tanla Solutions. 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 Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 22%, of the Tanla Solutions stock. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

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. Take risks for example – Tanla Solutions has 2 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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