What Kind Of Shareholders Own Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS)?

The big shareholder groups in Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Northern Trust has a market capitalization of US$22b, 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. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Northern Trust.

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NasdaqGS:NTRS Ownership Summary, January 6th 2020
NasdaqGS:NTRS Ownership Summary, January 6th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Northern Trust?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that Northern Trust does have institutional investors; and they hold 88% 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. 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 Northern Trust’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:NTRS Income Statement, January 6th 2020
NasdaqGS:NTRS Income Statement, January 6th 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 Northern Trust. Our data shows that The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the largest shareholder with 7.4% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Northern Trust Global Investments and BlackRock, Inc., holding 6.7% and 6.6%, respectively.

A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 11 shareholders have a combined ownership of 50% implying that no one share holder has a majority.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Northern Trust

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Northern Trust Corporation. The insiders have a meaningful stake worth US$302m. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 10% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over NTRS. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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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.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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