Do Institutions Own Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP) Shares?

Every investor in Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ:SHIP) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Seanergy Maritime Holdings is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$71m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at 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 Seanergy Maritime Holdings.

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NasdaqCM:SHIP Ownership Summary June 9th 2020
NasdaqCM:SHIP Ownership Summary June 9th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Seanergy Maritime Holdings?

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.

We can see that Seanergy Maritime Holdings does have institutional investors; and they hold 5.1% of the stock. 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. 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 Seanergy Maritime Holdings’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqCM:SHIP Income Statement June 9th 2020
NasdaqCM:SHIP Income Statement June 9th 2020

Seanergy Maritime Holdings is not owned by hedge funds. Sabby Management, LLC is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 3.4% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Jelco Delta Holding Corp. and Intracoastal Capital LLC, holding 2.3% and 2.2%, respectively.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 11 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Seanergy Maritime Holdings

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.

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.

Our information suggests that Seanergy Maritime Holdings Corp. insiders own under 1% of the company. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. It seems the board members have no more than US$367k worth of shares in the US$71m company. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 90% of Seanergy Maritime Holdings shares. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 4.5%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Seanergy Maritime Holdings you should be aware of, and 1 of them makes us a bit uncomfortable.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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