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Institutional owners may consider drastic measures as Aavas Financiers Limited's (NSE:AAVAS) recent ₹5.4b drop adds to long-term losses
- Significantly high institutional ownership implies Aavas Financiers' stock price is sensitive to their trading actions
- The top 5 shareholders own 51% of the company
- Ownership research along with analyst forecasts data help provide a good understanding of opportunities in a stock
Every investor in Aavas Financiers Limited (NSE:AAVAS) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. And the group that holds the biggest piece of the pie are institutions with 39% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).
And institutional investors endured the highest losses after the company's share price fell by 3.7% last week. Needless to say, the recent loss which further adds to the one-year loss to shareholders of 28% might not go down well especially with this category of shareholders. Institutions or "liquidity providers" control large sums of money and therefore, these types of investors usually have a lot of influence over stock price movements. As a result, if the downtrend continues, institutions may face pressures to sell Aavas Financiers, which might have negative implications on individual investors.
Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Aavas Financiers.
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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Aavas Financiers?
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.
Aavas Financiers already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. 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. 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 Aavas Financiers' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.
We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Aavas Financiers. Our data shows that Lake District Holdings Limited is the largest shareholder with 23% of shares outstanding. With 11% and 8.0% of the shares outstanding respectively, Partners Group ESCL Limited and Capital Research and Management Company are the second and third largest shareholders.
To make our study more interesting, we found that the top 5 shareholders control more than half of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company's decision-making.
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 are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.
Insider Ownership Of Aavas Financiers
The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.
We can report that insiders do own shares in Aavas Financiers Limited. This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own ₹8.1b worth of shares (at current prices). If you would like to explore the question of insider alignment, you can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.
General Public Ownership
The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 18% stake in Aavas Financiers. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.
Private Company Ownership
We can see that Private Companies own 34%, of the shares on issue. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.
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.
Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.
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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Aavas Financiers Limited provides housing loans to customers belonging to low- and middle-income self-employed customers in semi-urban and rural areas in India.
Proven track record with limited growth.