What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:ALSK) Shareholder Register?

A look at the shareholders of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALSK) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.

Alaska Communications Systems Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$79m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about ALSK.

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NasdaqGS:ALSK Ownership Summary December 12th 18
NasdaqGS:ALSK Ownership Summary December 12th 18

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

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

As you can see, institutional investors own 43% of Alaska Communications Systems Group. 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 Alaska Communications Systems Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:ALSK Income Statement Export December 12th 18
NasdaqGS:ALSK Income Statement Export December 12th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Alaska Communications Systems Group. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Alaska Communications Systems Group

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.

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 a reasonable proportion of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc.. Insiders own US$8.6m worth of shares in the US$79m company. 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 46% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over ALSK. 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Alaska Communications Systems Group better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow, for free .

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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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