How Much Of SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA (OB:SRBANK) Do Institutions Own?

If you want to know who really controls SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA (OB:SRBANK), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. 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.

SpareBank 1 SR-Bank is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of øre27b. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about SRBANK.

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OB:SRBANK Ownership Summary, April 17th 2019
OB:SRBANK Ownership Summary, April 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About SpareBank 1 SR-Bank?

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.

We can see that SpareBank 1 SR-Bank does have institutional investors; and they hold 46% 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 SpareBank 1 SR-Bank, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

OB:SRBANK Income Statement, April 17th 2019
OB:SRBANK Income Statement, April 17th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in SpareBank 1 SR-Bank. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of SpareBank 1 SR-Bank

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of SpareBank 1 SR-Bank ASA in their own names. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. Keep in mind that it’s a big company, and the insiders own øre60m worth of shares. The absolute value might be more important than the proportional share. Arguably, recent buying and selling is just as important to consider. You can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 22% stake in SRBANK. 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.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 4.1%, of the company’s shares. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

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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 like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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