Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBNC) Share Register?

Every investor in Horizon Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBNC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Warren Buffett said that he likes “a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people.” So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Horizon Bancorp is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$403m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Horizon Bancorp.

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NasdaqGS:HBNC Ownership Summary, March 25th 2020
NasdaqGS:HBNC Ownership Summary, March 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Horizon Bancorp?

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.

We can see that Horizon Bancorp does have institutional investors; and they hold 50% of the stock. 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 Horizon Bancorp’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:HBNC Income Statement, March 25th 2020
NasdaqGS:HBNC Income Statement, March 25th 2020

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Horizon Bancorp. William Nathan Salin Family Irrevocable Trust is currently the largest shareholder, with 7.3% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are BlackRock, Inc. and Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P., holding 6.0% and 4.3%, respectively.

Further, we can found that 50% of the ownership is controlled by the top 25 shareholders, meaning that no one shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Horizon Bancorp

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.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Horizon Bancorp, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$403m, and insiders have US$23m worth of shares, in their own names. 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 35% stake in HBNC. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 9.1%, of the shares on issue. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Horizon Bancorp better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Horizon Bancorp that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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