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What Percentage Of AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited (NSE:ASTRAZEN) Shares Do Insiders Own?

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If you want to know who really controls AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited (NSE:ASTRAZEN), 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.'

AstraZeneca Pharma India has a market capitalization of ₹56b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. 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 ASTRAZEN.

Check out our latest analysis for AstraZeneca Pharma India

NSEI:ASTRAZEN Ownership Summary, April 24th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About AstraZeneca Pharma India?

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.

AstraZeneca Pharma India already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 5.4% 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 AstraZeneca Pharma India, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NSEI:ASTRAZEN Income Statement, April 24th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in AstraZeneca Pharma India. We're not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of AstraZeneca Pharma India

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited. In their own names, insiders own ₹3.1b worth of stock in the ₹56b company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 11% stake in ASTRAZEN. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 75% of ASTRAZEN. It's hard to say for sure, but this suggests they have entwined business interests. This might be a strategic stake, so it's worth watching this space for changes in ownership.

Next Steps:

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

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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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