Do Institutions Own Shares In First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF)?

A look at the shareholders of First Defiance Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:FDEF) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

First Defiance Financial is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$530m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see 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 FDEF.

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NasdaqGS:FDEF Ownership Summary, August 23rd 2019
NasdaqGS:FDEF Ownership Summary, August 23rd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About First Defiance Financial?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 66% of First Defiance Financial. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at First Defiance Financial’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:FDEF Income Statement, August 23rd 2019
NasdaqGS:FDEF Income Statement, August 23rd 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in First Defiance Financial. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of First Defiance Financial

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in First Defiance Financial Corp.. It has a market capitalization of just US$530m, and insiders have US$20m worth of shares, in their own names. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 30% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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 First Defiance Financial better, we need to consider many other factors.

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