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With 30% ownership, Security National Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:SNFC.A) has piqued the interest of institutional investors

Key Insights

  • Given the large stake in the stock by institutions, Security National Financial's stock price might be vulnerable to their trading decisions

  • A total of 4 investors have a majority stake in the company with 54% ownership

  • Insiders have sold recently

A look at the shareholders of Security National Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:SNFC.A) can tell us which group is most powerful. The group holding the most number of shares in the company, around 30% to be precise, is institutions. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

Because institutional owners have a huge pool of resources and liquidity, their investing decisions tend to carry a great deal of weight, especially with individual investors. As a result, a sizeable amount of institutional money invested in a firm is generally viewed as a positive attribute.

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

See our latest analysis for Security National Financial

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ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Security National Financial?

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.

We can see that Security National Financial does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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. 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 Security National Financial's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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earnings-and-revenue-growth

It would appear that 8.1% of Security National Financial shares are controlled by hedge funds. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. Security National Financial ESOP is currently the largest shareholder, with 20% of shares outstanding. Soltis Investment Advisors, LLC is the second largest shareholder owning 14% of common stock, and George R. Quist & Shirley C. Quist Family Partnership, Ltd. holds about 11% of the company stock. In addition, we found that Scott Quist, the CEO has 3.7% of the shares allocated to their name.

Our research also brought to light the fact that roughly 54% of the company is controlled by the top 4 shareholders suggesting that these owners wield significant influence on the business.

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. 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 Security National Financial

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 see that insiders own shares in Security National Financial Corporation. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$11m worth of the US$169m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but we usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 17% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 18%, of the Security National Financial stock. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

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

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you would prefer check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, backed by strong financial data.

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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