How Much Of Riverview Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:RIVE) Do Institutions Own?

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 01, 2021
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If you want to know who really controls Riverview Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:RIVE), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Riverview Financial is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$107m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Riverview Financial.

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NasdaqGM:RIVE Ownership Breakdown July 1st 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Riverview Financial?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Riverview Financial. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Riverview Financial's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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NasdaqGM:RIVE Earnings and Revenue Growth July 1st 2021

Riverview Financial is not owned by hedge funds. The company's largest shareholder is Castle Creek Capital LLC, with ownership of 20%. Banc Funds Company, L.L.C. is the second largest shareholder owning 6.2% of common stock, and EJF Capital LLC holds about 4.3% of the company stock. Additionally, the company's CEO Brett Fulk directly holds 0.7% of the total shares outstanding.

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 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. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Riverview Financial

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.

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Riverview Financial Corporation. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$3.9m worth of the US$107m company. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a substantial 54% stake in Riverview Financial, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This level of ownership gives investors from the wider public some power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 27%, private equity firms could influence the Riverview Financial board. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Riverview Financial better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that Riverview Financial is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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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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