What Kind Of Shareholders Own Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM)?

The big shareholder groups in Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

Dime Community Bancshares is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$514m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Dime Community Bancshares.

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NasdaqGS:DCOM Ownership Summary, March 12th 2020
NasdaqGS:DCOM Ownership Summary, March 12th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Dime Community Bancshares?

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 Dime Community Bancshares does have institutional investors; and they hold 80% of the stock. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 Dime Community Bancshares, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:DCOM Income Statement, March 12th 2020
NasdaqGS:DCOM Income Statement, March 12th 2020

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Dime Community Bancshares. Our data shows that BlackRock, Inc. is the largest shareholder with 14% of shares outstanding. Next, we have The Vanguard Group, Inc. and Dimensional Fund Advisors L.P. as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 10.0% and 8.6%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On further inspection, we found that 50% of the share register is owned by the top 8 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 Dime Community Bancshares

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Dime Community Bancshares, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$42m worth of the US$514m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 12% stake in DCOM. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

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

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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