What Kind Of Investors Own Most Of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
August 18, 2021
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A look at the shareholders of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZYNE) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Zynerba Pharmaceuticals is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$155m, 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. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Zynerba Pharmaceuticals.

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NasdaqGM:ZYNE Ownership Breakdown August 19th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Zynerba Pharmaceuticals?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it's included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

We can see that Zynerba Pharmaceuticals does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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. 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 Zynerba Pharmaceuticals' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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NasdaqGM:ZYNE Earnings and Revenue Growth August 19th 2021

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Zynerba Pharmaceuticals. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is ETF Managers Group LLC with 11% of shares outstanding. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the second largest shareholder owning 4.7% of common stock, and Mirae Asset Global Investments Co., Ltd holds about 4.1% of the company stock. Additionally, the company's CEO Armando Anido directly holds 1.2% of the total shares outstanding.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than half of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Zynerba Pharmaceuticals, Inc.. In their own names, insiders own US$3.7m worth of stock in the US$155m company. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public collectively holds 59% of Zynerba Pharmaceuticals shares. With this amount of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to vote on acquisitions or mergers that may not improve profitability.

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. Take risks for example - Zynerba Pharmaceuticals has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

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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