Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSBI)?

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The big shareholder groups in Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSBI) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

Midland States Bancorp is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$626m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about MSBI.

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NasdaqGS:MSBI Ownership Summary, July 17th 2019
NasdaqGS:MSBI Ownership Summary, July 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Midland States Bancorp?

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.

We can see that Midland States Bancorp does have institutional investors; and they hold 39% of the stock. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Midland States Bancorp, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:MSBI Income Statement, July 17th 2019
NasdaqGS:MSBI Income Statement, July 17th 2019

It would appear that 10% of Midland States Bancorp shares are controlled by hedge funds. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Midland States Bancorp

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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 Midland States Bancorp, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$54m worth of the US$626m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 40% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over MSBI. 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.

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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 like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find 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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