What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) Stock?

A look at the shareholders of Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) 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 have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Capitol Federal Financial isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$1.6b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Capitol Federal Financial.

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NasdaqGS:CFFN Ownership Summary April 26th 2020
NasdaqGS:CFFN Ownership Summary April 26th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Capitol Federal 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 72% of Capitol Federal Financial. 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 Capitol Federal Financial’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:CFFN Income Statement April 26th 2020
NasdaqGS:CFFN Income Statement April 26th 2020

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Our data indicates that hedge funds own 6.0% of Capitol Federal Financial. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. American Century Investment Management Inc. is currently the largest shareholder, with 14% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and The Vanguard Group, Inc., each holding around 9.5% of the shares outstanding.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that 6 of the top shareholders account for 54% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.

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. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Capitol Federal Financial

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.

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Capitol Federal Financial, Inc.. This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own US$29m worth of shares (at current prices). Most would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. Still, it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 15% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over CFFN. 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. Be aware that Capitol Federal Financial is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those can’t be ignored…

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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