What Kind Of Shareholders Own Datamatics Global Services Limited (NSE:DATAMATICS)?

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A look at the shareholders of Datamatics Global Services Limited (NSE:DATAMATICS) can tell us which group is most powerful. 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.’

Datamatics Global Services is a smaller company with a market capitalization of ₹5.1b, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about DATAMATICS.

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NSEI:DATAMATICS Ownership Summary, July 19th 2019
NSEI:DATAMATICS Ownership Summary, July 19th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Datamatics Global Services?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Less than 5% of Datamatics Global Services is held by institutional investors. This suggests that some funds have the company in their sights, but many have not yet bought shares in it. If the company is growing earnings, that may indicate that it is just beginning to catch the attention of these deep-pocketed investors. When multiple institutional investors want to buy shares, we often see a rising share price. The past revenue trajectory (shown below) can be an indication of future growth, but there are no guarantees.

NSEI:DATAMATICS Income Statement, July 19th 2019
NSEI:DATAMATICS Income Statement, July 19th 2019

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

Insider Ownership Of Datamatics Global Services

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. 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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Datamatics Global Services Limited. Insiders own ₹1.3b worth of shares in the ₹5.1b company. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 19% stake in DATAMATICS. 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

We can see that Private Companies own 54%, 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.

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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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