Do Institutions Own Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALSK) Shares?

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If you want to know who really controls Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALSK), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.’

Alaska Communications Systems Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$90m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about ALSK.

See our latest analysis for Alaska Communications Systems Group

NasdaqGS:ALSK Ownership Summary, June 7th 2019
NasdaqGS:ALSK Ownership Summary, June 7th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Alaska Communications Systems Group?

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.

Alaska Communications Systems Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 42% of the company. 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. 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 Alaska Communications Systems Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:ALSK Income Statement, June 7th 2019
NasdaqGS:ALSK Income Statement, June 7th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Alaska Communications Systems Group. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Alaska Communications Systems Group

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. 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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.. Insiders have a US$11m stake in this US$90m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 46% 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.

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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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