Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE:OCN)?

If you want to know who really controls Ocwen Financial Corporation (NYSE:OCN), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in 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.

Ocwen Financial is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$194m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Ocwen Financial.

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NYSE:OCN Ownership Summary, February 18th 2020
NYSE:OCN Ownership Summary, February 18th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ocwen Financial?

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 49% of Ocwen Financial. 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. 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 Ocwen Financial, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:OCN Income Statement, February 18th 2020
NYSE:OCN Income Statement, February 18th 2020

It would appear that 19% of Ocwen Financial shares are controlled by hedge funds. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. Deer Park Road Corporation is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 9.9% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 9.0%, is Omega Advisors, Inc., followed by Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking and Brokerage Investments, with an ownership of 7.6%.

We also observed that the top 8 shareholders account for 51% of the register, with a few smaller shareholders to balance the interests of the larger ones to a certain extent.

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. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Ocwen Financial

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Ocwen Financial Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$194m, and insiders have US$25m worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 19% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over OCN. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Ocwen Financial better, we need to consider many other factors. For instance, we’ve identified 1 warning sign for Ocwen Financial that you should be aware of.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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