Do Directors Own Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:INDB) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:INDB) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Independent Bank isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$2.5b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Independent Bank.

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NasdaqGS:INDB Ownership Summary, January 31st 2020
NasdaqGS:INDB Ownership Summary, January 31st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Independent Bank?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

As you can see, institutional investors own 79% of Independent Bank. 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. 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 Independent Bank, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:INDB Income Statement, January 31st 2020
NasdaqGS:INDB Income Statement, January 31st 2020

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Independent Bank is not owned by hedge funds. BlackRock, Inc. is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 15% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 10%, is The Vanguard Group, Inc., followed by Silvercrest Asset Management Group LLC, with an ownership of 4.5%.

Additionally, we found that the top 11 have the combined ownership of 52% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder has significant control over 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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Independent Bank

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Independent Bank Corp.. This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own US$43m worth of shares (at current prices). It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 19% stake in INDB. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Independent Bank better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example – Independent Bank has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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.

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