U.S. markets closed
  • S&P 500

    3,693.23
    -64.76 (-1.72%)
     
  • Dow 30

    29,590.41
    -486.27 (-1.62%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    10,867.93
    -198.88 (-1.80%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    1,679.59
    -42.72 (-2.48%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    79.43
    -4.06 (-4.86%)
     
  • Gold

    1,651.70
    -29.40 (-1.75%)
     
  • Silver

    18.83
    -0.78 (-3.99%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    0.9693
    -0.0145 (-1.47%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    3.6970
    -0.0110 (-0.30%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.0857
    -0.0398 (-3.54%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    143.3300
    +0.9950 (+0.70%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    19,103.77
    +351.49 (+1.87%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    434.61
    -9.92 (-2.23%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,018.60
    -140.92 (-1.97%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    27,153.83
    -159.30 (-0.58%)
     

With 82% ownership in Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR), institutional investors have a lot riding on the business

·4 min read

A look at the shareholders of Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR) can tell us which group is most powerful. And the group that holds the biggest piece of the pie are institutions with 82% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

Last week’s 7.6% gain means that institutional investors were on the positive end of the spectrum even as the company has shown strong longer-term trends. The one-year return on investment is currently 30% and last week's gain would have been more than welcomed.

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

View our latest analysis for Cullen/Frost Bankers

ownership-breakdown
ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Cullen/Frost Bankers?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Cullen/Frost Bankers. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. When multiple institutions own a stock, there's always a risk that they are in a 'crowded trade'. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Cullen/Frost Bankers' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

earnings-and-revenue-growth
earnings-and-revenue-growth

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Cullen/Frost Bankers. Aristotle Capital Management, LLC is currently the largest shareholder, with 11% of shares outstanding. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the second largest shareholder owning 9.4% of common stock, and BlackRock, Inc. holds about 7.9% of the company stock.

We also observed that the top 9 shareholders account for more than half of the share register, with a few smaller shareholders to balance the interests of the larger ones to a certain extent.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 Cullen/Frost Bankers

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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc.. It is a very large company, and board members collectively own US$264m worth of shares (at current prices). we sometimes take an interest in whether they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 10% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. 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.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Cullen/Frost Bankers better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Cullen/Frost Bankers you should know about.

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.

Have feedback on this article? Concerned about the content? Get in touch with us directly. Alternatively, email editorial-team (at) simplywallst.com.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

Join A Paid User Research Session
You’ll receive a US$30 Amazon Gift card for 1 hour of your time while helping us build better investing tools for the individual investors like yourself. Sign up here