Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CART)?

The big shareholder groups in Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CART) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.

Carolina Trust BancShares is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$77m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about CART.

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NasdaqCM:CART Ownership Summary, May 24th 2019
NasdaqCM:CART Ownership Summary, May 24th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Carolina Trust BancShares?

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 Carolina Trust BancShares does have institutional investors; and they hold 23% 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 Carolina Trust BancShares’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqCM:CART Income Statement, May 24th 2019
NasdaqCM:CART Income Statement, May 24th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Carolina Trust BancShares. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Carolina Trust BancShares

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Carolina Trust BancShares, Inc.. In their own names, insiders own US$7.1m worth of stock in the US$77m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 62% of Carolina Trust BancShares . 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 5.9%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

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I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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