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What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most ACNB Corporation (NASDAQ:ACNB) Stock?

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If you want to know who really controls ACNB Corporation (NASDAQ:ACNB), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

ACNB is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$276m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ACNB.

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NasdaqCM:ACNB Ownership Summary, April 19th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ACNB?

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.

ACNB already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 23% of the company. 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 ACNB's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:ACNB Income Statement, April 19th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in ACNB. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of ACNB

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in ACNB Corporation. In their own names, insiders own US$11m worth of stock in the US$276m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 72% stake in ACNB, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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.

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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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