Do Directors Own Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:ARTW) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NASDAQ:ARTW) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.

Art’s-Way Manufacturing is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$9.0m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Art’s-Way Manufacturing.

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NasdaqCM:ARTW Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020
NasdaqCM:ARTW Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Art’s-Way Manufacturing?

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.

Institutions own less than 5% of Art’s-Way Manufacturing. That indicates that the company is on the radar of some funds, but it isn’t particularly popular with professional investors at the moment. If the company is growing earnings, that may indicate that it is just beginning to catch the attention of these deep-pocketed investors. We sometimes see a rising share price when a few big institutions want to buy a certain stock at the same time. The history of earnings and revenue, which you can see below, could be helpful in considering if more institutional investors will want the stock. Of course, there are plenty of other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqCM:ARTW Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
NasdaqCM:ARTW Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Art’s-Way Manufacturing. J. McConnell is currently the largest shareholder, with 48% of shares outstanding. Joseph Dancy is the second largest shareholder with 3.6% of common stock, followed by Marc McConnell, holding 2.3% of the stock. Marc McConnell also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

Further, we found that the top 2 shareholders have a combined ownership of 52% in the company, meaning that they are powerful enough to influence the decisions of the company.

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. 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 Art’s-Way Manufacturing

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of Art’s-Way Manufacturing Co., Inc.. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own US$5.1m worth of shares in the US$9.0m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 39% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs for Art’s-Way Manufacturing (2 are a bit unpleasant!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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