What Type Of Shareholder Owns IDFC First Bank Limited’s (NSE:IDFCFIRSTB)?

If you want to know who really controls IDFC First Bank Limited (NSE:IDFCFIRSTB), 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. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

IDFC First Bank has a market capitalization of ₹209b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about IDFC First Bank.

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NSEI:IDFCFIRSTB Ownership Summary, January 25th 2020
NSEI:IDFCFIRSTB Ownership Summary, January 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About IDFC First Bank?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 16% of IDFC First Bank. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of IDFC First Bank, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NSEI:IDFCFIRSTB Income Statement, January 25th 2020
NSEI:IDFCFIRSTB Income Statement, January 25th 2020

IDFC First Bank is not owned by hedge funds. The company’s largest shareholder is IDFC Limited, with ownership of 40%, The second largest shareholder with 5.5%, is India, followed by Odyssey 44, A.S., with an ownership of 3.6%.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that the top 4 shareholders control 52% of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company’s decision-making.

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 IDFC First Bank

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in IDFC First Bank Limited. It is a pretty big company, so it is generally a positive to see some potentially meaningful alignment. In this case, they own around ₹3.3b worth of shares (at current prices). Most would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. Still, it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 37% stake in IDFCFIRSTB. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 40% of IDFCFIRSTB stock. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that IDFC First Bank is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable…

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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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