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Positive week for Snowflake Inc. (NYSE:SNOW) institutional investors who lost 39% over the past year
- Given the large stake in the stock by institutions, Snowflake's stock price might be vulnerable to their trading decisions
- The top 25 shareholders own 51% of the company
- Ownership research along with analyst forecasts data help provide a good understanding of opportunities in a stock
A look at the shareholders of Snowflake Inc. (NYSE:SNOW) can tell us which group is most powerful. We can see that institutions own the lion's share in the company with 64% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).
Institutional investors would appreciate the 3.2% increase in share prices last week, given their one-year returns have been disappointing at 39%.
In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of Snowflake.
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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Snowflake?
Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.
We can see that Snowflake does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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 Snowflake's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.
Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Hedge funds don't have many shares in Snowflake. The company's largest shareholder is The Vanguard Group, Inc., with ownership of 5.5%. For context, the second largest shareholder holds about 4.8% of the shares outstanding, followed by an ownership of 4.2% by the third-largest shareholder.
After doing some more digging, we found that the top 25 have the combined ownership of 51% in the company, suggesting that no single shareholder has significant control over the company.
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 are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.
Insider Ownership Of Snowflake
The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.
Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Snowflake Inc.. The insiders have a meaningful stake worth US$3.7b. Most would say this shows a good alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. Still, it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.
General Public Ownership
The general public-- including retail investors -- own 23% stake in the company, and hence can't 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.
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. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Snowflake you should be aware of.
But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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Snowflake Inc. provides a cloud-based data platform for various organizations in the United States and internationally.