What Type Of Shareholder Owns Illinois Tool Works Inc.’s (NYSE:ITW)?

Every investor in Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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.

Illinois Tool Works has a market capitalization of US$48b, so it’s too big to fly under the radar. We’d expect to see both institutions and retail investors owning a portion of the company. 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 ITW.

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NYSE:ITW Ownership Summary, March 20th 2019
NYSE:ITW Ownership Summary, March 20th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Illinois Tool Works?

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 81% of Illinois Tool Works. 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. 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 Illinois Tool Works, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:ITW Income Statement, March 20th 2019
NYSE:ITW Income Statement, March 20th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Illinois Tool Works is not owned by hedge funds. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Illinois Tool Works

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. 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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Illinois Tool Works Inc.. As it is a large company, we’d only expect insiders to own a small percentage of it. But it’s worth noting that they own US$468m worth of shares. In this sort of situation, it can be more interesting to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 18% stake in ITW. 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.

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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.

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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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