Do Institutions Own AmeriServ Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASRV) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls AmeriServ Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASRV), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.

AmeriServ Financial is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$72m, 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 ASRV.

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NasdaqGM:ASRV Ownership Summary, December 2nd 2019
NasdaqGM:ASRV Ownership Summary, December 2nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About AmeriServ Financial?

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.

AmeriServ Financial already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 44% of the company. 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 AmeriServ Financial, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGM:ASRV Income Statement, December 2nd 2019
NasdaqGM:ASRV Income Statement, December 2nd 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in AmeriServ Financial. 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 AmeriServ Financial

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in AmeriServ Financial, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$5.7m worth of the US$72m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 47% stake in ASRV. 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand AmeriServ Financial better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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