What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.’s (NYSE:HY) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.’

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$1.0b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about HY.

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NYSE:HY Ownership Summary, September 16th 2019
NYSE:HY Ownership Summary, September 16th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Hyster-Yale Materials Handling?

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 49% of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:HY Income Statement, September 16th 2019
NYSE:HY Income Statement, September 16th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Hyster-Yale Materials Handling. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Hyster-Yale Materials Handling

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 Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$1.0b, and insiders have US$239m worth of shares in their own names. That’s quite significant. Most would say this shows a good degree of alignment with shareholders, especially in a company of this size. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 22% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over HY. 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 4.8%, of the HY 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Hyster-Yale Materials Handling better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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