Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Ushanti Colour Chem Limited (NSE:UCL) Share Register?

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The big shareholder groups in Ushanti Colour Chem Limited (NSE:UCL) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in 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.’

Ushanti Colour Chem is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of ₹393m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about UCL.

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NSEI:UCL Ownership Summary, July 20th 2019
NSEI:UCL Ownership Summary, July 20th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ushanti Colour Chem?

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. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. 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 Ushanti Colour Chem, for yourself, below.

NSEI:UCL Income Statement, July 20th 2019
NSEI:UCL Income Statement, July 20th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Ushanti Colour Chem. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Ushanti Colour Chem

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.

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 the majority of Ushanti Colour Chem Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own ₹289m worth of shares in the ₹393m company. That’s quite meaningful. 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 26% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over UCL. 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.

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