What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most AMCON Distributing Company (NYSEMKT:DIT) Stock?

If you want to know who really controls AMCON Distributing Company (NYSEMKT:DIT), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

AMCON Distributing is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$57m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about DIT.

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AMEX:DIT Ownership Summary, March 14th 2019
AMEX:DIT Ownership Summary, March 14th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About AMCON Distributing?

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.

AMCON Distributing already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 16% 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. 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 AMCON Distributing’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

AMEX:DIT Income Statement, March 14th 2019
AMEX:DIT Income Statement, March 14th 2019

AMCON Distributing is not owned by hedge funds. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of AMCON Distributing

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. 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.

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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the AMCON Distributing Company stock. This gives them a lot of power. Given it has a market cap of US$57m, that means they have US$36m worth of shares. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 21% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over DIT. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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