How Many Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SWX) Shares Do Institutions Own?

A look at the shareholders of Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SWX) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of US$4.2b, Southwest Gas Holdings is rather large. We’d expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. In the chart 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 Southwest Gas Holdings.

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NYSE:SWX Ownership Summary, January 21st 2020
NYSE:SWX Ownership Summary, January 21st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Southwest Gas Holdings?

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 86% of Southwest Gas Holdings. 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. 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 Southwest Gas Holdings, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:SWX Income Statement, January 21st 2020
NYSE:SWX Income Statement, January 21st 2020

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Southwest Gas Holdings. BlackRock, Inc. is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 14% of shares outstanding. Next, we have The Vanguard Group, Inc. and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 10% and 6.6%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Additionally, we found that the top 11 have the combined ownership of 51% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder has significant control over the company.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Southwest Gas Holdings

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.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Southwest Gas Holdings, Inc. in their own names. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own US$34m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 14% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SWX. 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 Southwest Gas Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 2 warning signs for Southwest Gas Holdings (1 shouldn’t be ignored) that you should be aware of.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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