What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS)?

If you want to know who really controls EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ:SATS), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.’

EchoStar has a market capitalization of US$3.8b, so it’s too big to fly under the radar. We’d expect to see both institutions and retail investors owning a portion of the company. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about SATS.

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NasdaqGS:SATS Ownership Summary January 21st 19
NasdaqGS:SATS Ownership Summary January 21st 19

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About EchoStar?

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 41% of EchoStar. 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 EchoStar’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:SATS Income Statement Export January 21st 19
NasdaqGS:SATS Income Statement Export January 21st 19

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in EchoStar. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of EchoStar

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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of EchoStar Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$3.8b, and insiders have US$879m worth of shares in their own names. That’s quite significant. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 33% stake in SATS. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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.

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 .

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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