What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y)?

The big shareholder groups in Alleghany Corporation (NYSE:Y) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Alleghany has a market capitalization of US$11b, so it’s too big to fly under the radar. We’d expect to see both institutions and retail investors owning a portion of the company. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Alleghany.

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NYSE:Y Ownership Summary, January 16th 2020
NYSE:Y Ownership Summary, January 16th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Alleghany?

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 Alleghany does have institutional investors; and they hold 84% 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 Alleghany, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:Y Income Statement, January 16th 2020
NYSE:Y Income Statement, January 16th 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Alleghany. BlackRock, Inc. is currently the largest shareholder, with 10% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are The Vanguard Group, Inc. and Boston Partners Global Investors, Inc., holding 9.4% and 5.5%, respectively.

Additionally, we found that the top 12 have the combined ownership of 51% in the company, suggesting that no one share holder has significant control over the company.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Alleghany

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Alleghany Corporation. Insiders own US$394m worth of shares (at current prices). I sometimes take an interest in whether they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 13% stake in Y. 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:

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. Case in point: We’ve spotted 1 warning sign for Alleghany you should be aware of.

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