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Who Are The Major Shareholders In Espey Mfg & Electronics Corp (NYSEMKT:ESP)?

Gerald Huddleston

Every investor in Espey Mfg & Electronics Corp (NYSEMKT:ESP) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.’

Espey Mfg. & Electronics is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$63.8m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ESP.

View our latest analysis for Espey Mfg. & Electronics

AMEX:ESP Ownership Summary September 4th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Espey Mfg. & Electronics?

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 own 11.1% of Espey Mfg. & Electronics. 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 Espey Mfg. & Electronics’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

AMEX:ESP Income Statement Export September 4th 18

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 6.0% of Espey Mfg. & Electronics. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. 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 Espey Mfg. & Electronics

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. 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. Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Espey Mfg & Electronics Corp. Insiders have a US$13.6m stake in this US$63.8m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 61.5% of Espey Mfg. & Electronics . This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.



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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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