What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:STXB) Shareholder Register?

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If you want to know who really controls Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:STXB), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.’

With a market capitalization of US$307m, Spirit of Texas Bancshares is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by 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 STXB.

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NasdaqGS:STXB Ownership Summary, July 10th 2019
NasdaqGS:STXB Ownership Summary, July 10th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Spirit of Texas 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 30% of Spirit of Texas Bancshares. 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 Spirit of Texas Bancshares’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:STXB Income Statement, July 10th 2019
NasdaqGS:STXB Income Statement, July 10th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Spirit of Texas Bancshares. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Spirit of Texas 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. 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.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc.. Insiders have a US$44m stake in this US$307m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 56% of Spirit of Texas Bancshares . 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.

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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free .

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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