What Type Of Shareholder Owns Arch Capital Group Ltd.’s (NASDAQ:ACGL)?

A look at the shareholders of Arch Capital Group Ltd. (NASDAQ:ACGL) 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Arch Capital Group has a market capitalization of US$17b, 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 institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Arch Capital Group.

View 1 warning sign we detected for Arch Capital Group

NasdaqGS:ACGL Ownership Summary, December 30th 2019
NasdaqGS:ACGL Ownership Summary, December 30th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Arch Capital Group?

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 Arch Capital Group does have institutional investors; and they hold 82% 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 Arch Capital Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:ACGL Income Statement, December 30th 2019
NasdaqGS:ACGL Income Statement, December 30th 2019

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 Arch Capital Group. Our data shows that Artisan Partners Limited Partnership is the largest shareholder with 10% of shares outstanding. Next, we have The Vanguard Group, Inc. and BlackRock, Inc. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 9.1% and 7.7%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On further inspection, we found that 51% of the share register is owned by the top 9 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Arch Capital Group

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.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Arch Capital Group Ltd.. It is a very large company, and board members collectively own US$492m worth of shares (at current prices). There’s no doubt that we learn useful information from looking at a company’s ownership structure and shareholders. But ultimately, many risks exist within the business itself, rather than its shareholders. For example, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for Arch Capital Group (of which 1 is major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 15% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

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.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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