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Institutional Investors Have a Lot Riding on Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDX) With 59% Ownership

Simply Wall St ·  11/01/2023 22:06

Key Insights

  • Given the large stake in the stock by institutions, Ardelyx's stock price might be vulnerable to their trading decisions
  • 50% of the business is held by the top 23 shareholders
  • Insiders have sold recently

If you want to know who really controls Ardelyx, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARDX), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. With 59% stake, institutions possess the maximum shares in the company. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

And things are looking up for institutional investors after the company gained US$87m in market cap last week. The one-year return on investment is currently 169% and last week's gain would have been more than welcomed.

Let's delve deeper into each type of owner of Ardelyx, beginning with the chart below.

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NasdaqGM:ARDX Ownership Breakdown November 1st 2023

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ardelyx?

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.

Ardelyx already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own a respectable stake in the company. 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. 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 Ardelyx, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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NasdaqGM:ARDX Earnings and Revenue Growth November 1st 2023

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Hedge funds don't have many shares in Ardelyx. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is State Street Global Advisors, Inc. with 10% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 10% and 6.4%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Looking at the shareholder registry, we can see that 50% of the ownership is controlled by the top 23 shareholders, meaning that no single shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

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 understand of a stock's expected performance. 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 Ardelyx

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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

We can report that insiders do own shares in Ardelyx, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$861m, and insiders have US$20m worth of shares, in their own names. 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

With a 39% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over Ardelyx. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for Ardelyx that you should be aware of.

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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