What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Eros International Media Limited’s (NSE:EROSMEDIA) Shareholder Register?

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A look at the shareholders of Eros International Media Limited (NSE:EROSMEDIA) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Eros International Media is a smaller company with a market capitalization of ₹6.8b, so it may still be flying under the radar of 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 EROSMEDIA.

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NSEI:EROSMEDIA Ownership Summary, May 30th 2019
NSEI:EROSMEDIA Ownership Summary, May 30th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Eros International Media?

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.

Eros International Media already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 5.5% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Eros International Media’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NSEI:EROSMEDIA Income Statement, May 30th 2019
NSEI:EROSMEDIA Income Statement, May 30th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Eros International Media. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Eros International Media

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. 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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Eros International Media Limited. It has a market capitalization of just ₹6.8b, and insiders have ₹107m worth of shares, in their own names. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 31% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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

It appears to us that public companies own 62% of EROSMEDIA. It’s hard to say for sure, but this suggests they have entwined business interests. This might be a strategic stake, so it’s worth watching this space for changes in ownership.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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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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