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Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE:FSB) Share Register?

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The big shareholder groups in Franklin Financial Network, Inc. (NYSE:FSB) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

Franklin Financial Network is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$494m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about FSB.

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NYSE:FSB Ownership Summary, October 25th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Franklin Financial Network?

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 65% of Franklin Financial Network. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Franklin Financial Network, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:FSB Income Statement, October 25th 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Franklin Financial Network. 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 Franklin Financial Network

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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 Franklin Financial Network, Inc.. In their own names, insiders own US$46m worth of stock in the US$494m 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 holds a 25% stake in FSB. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Franklin Financial Network better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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