Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) Share Register?

A look at the shareholders of Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR) (NASDAQ:HOMB) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.’

With a market capitalization of US$3.1b, Home Bancshares (Conway AR) is rather large. We’d expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about HOMB.

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NasdaqGS:HOMB Ownership Summary, March 20th 2019
NasdaqGS:HOMB Ownership Summary, March 20th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Home Bancshares (Conway AR)?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 69% of Home Bancshares (Conway AR). 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. 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 Home Bancshares (Conway AR)’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:HOMB Income Statement, March 20th 2019
NasdaqGS:HOMB Income Statement, March 20th 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Home Bancshares (Conway AR). Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Home Bancshares (Conway AR)

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. 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.

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 Home Bancshares, Inc. (Conway, AR). This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own US$247m worth of shares (at current prices). If you would like to explore the question of insider alignment, you can click here to see if insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 23% stake in HOMB. 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 Home Bancshares (Conway AR) better, we need to consider many other factors.

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.

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

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