Do Institutions Own USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK) Shares?

Every investor in USA Truck, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAK) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little.

As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio. USA Truck is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US£159m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutions own shares in the company.

Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about USA Truck. View our latest analysis for USA Truck

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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About USA Truck?

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 have a fair amount of stake in USA Truck. 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.

When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth.

You can see USA Truck’s historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

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Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. USA Truck is not owned by hedge funds. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is The Estate Of James B.

Speed with 9.5% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 7.4% and 6.2% of the stock. Furthermore, CEO James Reed is the owner of 3.6% of the company’s shares.

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A closer look at our ownership figures suggests that the top 13 shareholders have a combined ownership of 51% implying that no single shareholder has a majority. 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 is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of USA Truck

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. Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company.

This can be negative in some circumstances. It seems insiders own a significant proportion of USA Truck, Inc.. Insiders own US£16m worth of shares in the US£159m 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

The general public– including retail investors — own 18% stake in the company, and hence can’t easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 9.5%, of the USA Truck stock.

It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

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. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with USA Truck (including 1 which doesn’t sit too well with us) . Ultimately the future is most important.

You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company. 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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