Do Directors Own Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUBN) Shares?

Every investor in Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc. (NASDAQ:AUBN) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

Auburn National Bancorporation is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$208m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Auburn National Bancorporation.

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NasdaqGM:AUBN Ownership Summary, February 10th 2020
NasdaqGM:AUBN Ownership Summary, February 10th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Auburn National Bancorporation?

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.

Auburn National Bancorporation already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 11% 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Auburn National Bancorporation’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGM:AUBN Income Statement, February 10th 2020
NasdaqGM:AUBN Income Statement, February 10th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Auburn National Bancorporation. Our data shows that Edward Spencer is the largest shareholder with 21% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Emil Wright and Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 9.4% and 2.4%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 25 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Auburn National Bancorporation

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Auburn National Bancorporation, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$208m, and insiders have US$72m worth of shares in their own names. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 55% of Auburn National Bancorporation. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Auburn National Bancorporation better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for Auburn National Bancorporation that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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