Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Community West Bancshares (NASDAQ:CWBC)?

A look at the shareholders of Community West Bancshares (NASDAQ:CWBC) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

Community West Bancshares is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$67m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Community West Bancshares.

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NasdaqGM:CWBC Ownership Summary June 14th 2020
NasdaqGM:CWBC Ownership Summary June 14th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Community West Bancshares?

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 30% of Community West Bancshares. 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. 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 Community West Bancshares’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGM:CWBC Income Statement June 14th 2020
NasdaqGM:CWBC Income Statement June 14th 2020

Community West Bancshares is not owned by hedge funds. William Peeples is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 9.4% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Robert Bartlein and First Securities America, Inc. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 6.9% and 6.7%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Further, we can found that 50% of the ownership is controlled by the top 16 shareholders, meaning that no one shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

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 Community West Bancshares

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. 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 maintain a significant holding in Community West Bancshares. Insiders have a US$17m stake in this US$67m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 45% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over CWBC. 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 Community West Bancshares better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we’ve spotted with Community West Bancshares .

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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