What Kind Of Shareholders Own Dolphin Drilling ASA (OB:DDASA)?

Every investor in Dolphin Drilling ASA (OB:DDASA) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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.

Dolphin Drilling is a smaller company with a market capitalization of øre94m, 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 institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about DDASA.

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OB:DDASA Ownership Summary, April 9th 2019
OB:DDASA Ownership Summary, April 9th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Dolphin Drilling?

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.

Dolphin Drilling already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 12% of 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. 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 Dolphin Drilling, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

OB:DDASA Income Statement, April 9th 2019
OB:DDASA Income Statement, April 9th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Dolphin Drilling. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Dolphin Drilling

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

Our information suggests that Dolphin Drilling ASA insiders own under 1% of the company. It appears that the board holds about øre29k worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of øre94m. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 36% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over DDASA. 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

We can see that public companies hold 52%, of the DDASA shares on issue. 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.

Next Steps:

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.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find 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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