What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ:BMRC) Stock?

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Every investor in Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ:BMRC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of US$578m, Bank of Marin Bancorp is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about BMRC.

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NasdaqCM:BMRC Ownership Summary, July 11th 2019
NasdaqCM:BMRC Ownership Summary, July 11th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bank of Marin Bancorp?

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.

Bank of Marin Bancorp already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 44% of the company. 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. 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 Bank of Marin Bancorp’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:BMRC Income Statement, July 11th 2019
NasdaqCM:BMRC Income Statement, July 11th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Bank of Marin Bancorp. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Bank of Marin Bancorp

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Bank of Marin Bancorp. Insiders own US$69m worth of shares in the US$578m company. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 44% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over BMRC. 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.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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