At The Motley Fool, we like companies with a high level of insider ownership. We believe that leaders with large ownership stakes in their companies will have a greater incentive to do what's best for the business. And the record appears to bear this out, since such companies tend to outperform the market.

With all of this in mind, I used our new CAPS screening tool to look for companies with high insider ownership. Below, you'll find 10 companies with insider ownership of 25% or more. I also added the following parameters:

  • Return on equity greater than 20.
  • Market cap greater than $150 million.
  • A five-star rating, the highest possible, from our CAPS community.

Remember, in the first year for which we have data, five-star companies outperformed, with an average return of nearly 28%. So have a look at the following companies to see whether any of them interest you:

10 Companies With High Insider Ownership


Share Price


Market Cap

Alliance Holdings


Basic Materials

$1.4 billion

Ansoft (Nasdaq: ANST)



$776 million

Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY)



$820 million

Marvel Entertainment (NYSE: MVL)



$2.3 billion

Quality Systems (Nasdaq: QSII)



$882 million



Basic Materials

$1.4 billion

ShengdaTech (Nasdaq: SDTH)


Basic Materials

$451 million

Sun Hydraulics


Industrial Goods

$494 million

TBS International (Nasdaq: TBSI)



$1.1 billion

Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI)


Industrial Goods

$2.6 billion

Data from Motley Fool CAPS and Yahoo! Finance as of April 25.

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