How Many Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWBK) Shares Do Institutions Own?

The big shareholder groups in Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:HWBK) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Hawthorn Bancshares is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$137m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about HWBK.

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NasdaqGS:HWBK Ownership Summary, August 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:HWBK Ownership Summary, August 16th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Hawthorn Bancshares?

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 27% of Hawthorn Bancshares. 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 Hawthorn Bancshares’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:HWBK Income Statement, August 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:HWBK Income Statement, August 16th 2019

It would appear that 7.1% of Hawthorn Bancshares shares are controlled by hedge funds. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Hawthorn Bancshares

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.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$5.8m worth of the US$137m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 58% stake in HWBK, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 3.4%, of the HWBK stock. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Hawthorn Bancshares better, we need to consider many other factors.

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 .

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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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