How Many Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PWOD) Shares Do Institutions Own?

The big shareholder groups in Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:PWOD) have power over the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Penns Woods Bancorp is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$197m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about PWOD.

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NasdaqGS:PWOD Ownership Summary, August 23rd 2019
NasdaqGS:PWOD Ownership Summary, August 23rd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Penns Woods Bancorp?

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.

Penns Woods Bancorp already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 27% 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. 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 Penns Woods Bancorp’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:PWOD Income Statement, August 23rd 2019
NasdaqGS:PWOD Income Statement, August 23rd 2019

Penns Woods Bancorp is not owned by hedge funds. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Penns Woods Bancorp

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

We can see that insiders own shares in Penns Woods Bancorp, Inc.. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$6.9m worth of the US$197m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 69% of Penns Woods Bancorp . This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

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

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of 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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