What Percentage Of MediciNova Inc (NASDAQ:MNOV) Shares Do Insiders Own?

If you want to know who really controls MediciNova Inc (NASDAQ:MNOV), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

MediciNova is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$433m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about MNOV.

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NasdaqGM:MNOV Ownership Summary November 30th 18
NasdaqGM:MNOV Ownership Summary November 30th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About MediciNova?

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.

MediciNova already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 21% of the company. 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 MediciNova, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGM:MNOV Income Statement Export November 30th 18
NasdaqGM:MNOV Income Statement Export November 30th 18

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

Insider Ownership Of MediciNova

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in MediciNova Inc. In their own names, insiders own US$27m worth of stock in the US$433m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 69% of MediciNova . This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Public Company Ownership

We can see that public companies hold 3.3%, of the MNOV shares on issue. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

Next Steps:

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

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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