How Much Of SoftTech Engineers Limited (NSE:SOFTTECH) Do Insiders Own?

The big shareholder groups in SoftTech Engineers Limited (NSE:SOFTTECH) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

SoftTech Engineers is a smaller company with a market capitalization of ₹415m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about SOFTTECH.

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NSEI:SOFTTECH Ownership Summary November 10th 18
NSEI:SOFTTECH Ownership Summary November 10th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About SoftTech Engineers?

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 20% of SoftTech Engineers. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 SoftTech Engineers, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NSEI:SOFTTECH Income Statement Export November 10th 18
NSEI:SOFTTECH Income Statement Export November 10th 18

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in SoftTech Engineers. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of SoftTech Engineers

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.

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 the majority of SoftTech Engineers Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own ₹215m worth of shares in the ₹415m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 25% stake in SOFTTECH. 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 3.2%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand SoftTech Engineers better, we need to consider many other factors.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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