Retail Investors Among DigiAsia Corp.'s (NASDAQ:FAAS) Largest Stockholders and Were Hit After Last Week's 12% Price Drop

Simply Wall St ·  Apr 16 22:56

Key Insights

  • DigiAsia's significant retail investors ownership suggests that the key decisions are influenced by shareholders from the larger public
  • 49% of the business is held by the top 9 shareholders
  • 49% of DigiAsia is held by insiders

A look at the shareholders of DigiAsia Corp. (NASDAQ:FAAS) can tell us which group is most powerful. We can see that retail investors own the lion's share in the company with 51% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

While insiders, who own 49% shares weren't spared from last week's US$56m market cap drop, retail investors as a group suffered the maximum losses

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about DigiAsia.

NasdaqCM:FAAS Ownership Breakdown April 16th 2024

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About DigiAsia?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it's unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don't own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to funds under management, so the institution does not bother to look closely at the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. DigiAsia might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

NasdaqCM:FAAS Earnings and Revenue Growth April 16th 2024

Hedge funds don't have many shares in DigiAsia. Our data shows that Alexander Rusli is the largest shareholder with 13% of shares outstanding. Prashant Gokarn is the second largest shareholder owning 12% of common stock, and Bhargava Marepally holds about 8.1% of the company stock.

Our studies suggest that the top 9 shareholders collectively control less than half of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of DigiAsia

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of DigiAsia Corp.. Insiders have a US$201m stake in this US$415m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, collectively holds 51% of DigiAsia shares. This level of ownership gives investors from the wider public some power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Take risks for example - DigiAsia has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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