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What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE)?

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A look at the shareholders of Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc. (NASDAQ:EGLE) can tell us which group is most powerful. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Eagle Bulk Shipping is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$336m, which means it wouldn't have the attention 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 EGLE.

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NasdaqGS:EGLE Ownership Summary, June 26th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Eagle Bulk Shipping?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 29% of Eagle Bulk Shipping. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It's therefore worth looking at Eagle Bulk Shipping's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:EGLE Income Statement, June 26th 2019

It looks like hedge funds own 56% of Eagle Bulk Shipping shares. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Eagle Bulk Shipping

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. 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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Eagle Bulk Shipping Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$336m, and insiders have US$8.6m worth of shares, in their own names. 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 holds a 11% stake in EGLE. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Eagle Bulk Shipping better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free .

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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