U.S. markets close in 21 minutes
  • S&P 500

    3,930.29
    -158.56 (-3.88%)
     
  • Dow 30

    31,511.93
    -1,142.66 (-3.50%)
     
  • Nasdaq

    11,450.86
    -533.67 (-4.45%)
     
  • Russell 2000

    1,766.52
    -73.78 (-4.01%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    108.76
    -3.64 (-3.24%)
     
  • Gold

    1,817.00
    -1.90 (-0.10%)
     
  • Silver

    21.50
    -0.24 (-1.09%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.0477
    -0.0079 (-0.74%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    2.8860
    -0.0820 (-2.76%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.2352
    -0.0141 (-1.13%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    128.2030
    -1.1550 (-0.89%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    29,262.14
    -994.59 (-3.29%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    654.34
    -16.34 (-2.44%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    7,438.09
    -80.26 (-1.07%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    26,911.20
    +251.45 (+0.94%)
     

What Kind Of Shareholders Own Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACLS)?

  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.
·4 min read
In this article:
  • Oops!
    Something went wrong.
    Please try again later.

The big shareholder groups in Axcelis Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACLS) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Axcelis Technologies has a market capitalization of US$847m, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Axcelis Technologies.

View our latest analysis for Axcelis Technologies

ownership-breakdown
ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Axcelis Technologies?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it's included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Axcelis Technologies. 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. 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 Axcelis Technologies' 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. Hedge funds don't have many shares in Axcelis Technologies. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is BlackRock, Inc. with 15% of shares outstanding. Meanwhile, the second and third largest shareholders, hold 8.1% and 6.8%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Additionally, the company's CEO Mary Puma directly holds 0.7% of the total shares outstanding.

We did some more digging and found that 8 of the top shareholders account for roughly 51% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.

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 plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Axcelis Technologies

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. The company management answer to the board and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board themselves.

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 Axcelis Technologies, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$16m worth of the US$847m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 12% stake in Axcelis Technologies. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Be aware that Axcelis Technologies is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. 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.

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