American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC) most popular amongst retail investors who own 46% of the shares, institutions hold 41%
The considerable ownership by retail investors in American Superconductor indicates that they collectively have a greater say in management and business strategy
A total of 25 investors have a majority stake in the company with 50% ownership
A look at the shareholders of American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ:AMSC) can tell us which group is most powerful. And the group that holds the biggest piece of the pie are retail investors with 46% ownership. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).
Meanwhile, institutions make up 41% of the company’s shareholders. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies.
In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of American Superconductor.
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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About American Superconductor?
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 American Superconductor. 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. 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 American Superconductor's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.
Our data indicates that hedge funds own 8.6% of American Superconductor. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. The company's largest shareholder is AWM Investment Company Inc, with ownership of 8.6%. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 5.6% and 5.1%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. In addition, we found that Daniel McGahn, the CEO has 3.2% of the shares allocated to their name.
On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.
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. 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 American Superconductor
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.
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 some shares in American Superconductor Corporation. In their own names, insiders own US$7.5m worth of stock in the US$159m company. This shows at least some alignment, but we usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.
General Public Ownership
The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 46% stake in American Superconductor. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.
While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for American Superconductor you should be aware of, and 1 of them is potentially serious.
If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.
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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