What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Veritex Holdings, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:VBTX) Shareholder Register?

The big shareholder groups in Veritex Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:VBTX) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Veritex Holdings has a market capitalization of US$1.4b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about VBTX.

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NasdaqGM:VBTX Ownership Summary, March 18th 2019
NasdaqGM:VBTX Ownership Summary, March 18th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Veritex Holdings?

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.

Veritex Holdings already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 41% of the company. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Veritex Holdings, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGM:VBTX Income Statement, March 18th 2019
NasdaqGM:VBTX Income Statement, March 18th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Veritex Holdings. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Veritex Holdings

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Veritex Holdings, Inc.. This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own US$45m worth of shares (at current prices). It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 49% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Private Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 5.8% stake in VBTX. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Next Steps:

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

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