This article originally appeared on Simply Wall St News.
Shares of Digital Turbine, Inc. ( NASDAQ:APPS ) are trading higher after news broke that the stock is going to be added to the S&P MidCap 400 Index. In pre-market trade, the stock has traded as much as 9% higher than Monday’s closing price.
Digital Turbine is one of two companies being added to the index , the other being Performance Food Group Co. (NYSE: PFGC) . Digital Turbine will be added to the index on 7th September, when Ligand Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: LGND) moves to the S&P SmallCap 600 Index.
Digital Turbine’s stock price has been drifting lower since March when it traded at an all-time high of $94.74. As we pointed out in July, Digital Turbine retains strong financials , but the market seems uncertain of the valuation.
Who owns Digital Turbine?
The inclusion of a stock in a relatively minor index like the S&P MidCap index isn’t necessarily bullish as few funds track this index. However, it is a vote of confidence, and it may put the stock on the radar for more institutional investors.
Typically, institutions own a larger share of large companies, while smaller companies count insiders as major shareholders. Share prices tend to perform well when the percentage of shares owned by large funds and institutions is increasing.
In Digital Turbine’s case, 52.9% of shares are owned by institutions. This is respectable, but not very high. This implies there is room for institutions to increase their ownership which may support the share price. You can keep track of the percentage of institutions that own shares by referring back to this Ownership Breakdown which is updated regularly.
Institutional ownership can work both ways though. They, too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Digital Turbine, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.
Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Digital Turbine is not owned by hedge funds. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is currently the largest shareholder, with 8.3% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 6.0% and 5.9%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Furthermore, CEO William Stone is the owner of 1.1% of the company's shares.
On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.
While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understanding of a stock's expected performance. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.
While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 4 warning signs with Digital Turbine (at least 1 which can't be ignored) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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