What Type Of Shareholder Owns Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BBGI)?

The big shareholder groups in Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBGI) have power over the company. 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.

Beasley Broadcast Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$87m, 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 institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Beasley Broadcast Group.

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NasdaqGM:BBGI Ownership Summary, March 1st 2020
NasdaqGM:BBGI Ownership Summary, March 1st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Beasley Broadcast 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.

Beasley Broadcast Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 17% of the company. 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 Beasley Broadcast Group’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGM:BBGI Income Statement, March 1st 2020
NasdaqGM:BBGI Income Statement, March 1st 2020

Beasley Broadcast Group is not owned by hedge funds. Our data suggests that George Beasley, who is also the company’s Top Key Executive, holds the most number of shares at 43%. When an insider holds a sizeable amount of a company’s stock, investors consider it as a positive sign because it suggests that insiders are willing to have their wealth tied up in the future of the company. Next, we have GAMCO Investors, Inc. and Bruce Beasley as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 5.4% and 4.7%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Interestingly, Bruce Beasley is also a Member of the Board of Directors, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Further, we found that the top 3 shareholders have a combined ownership of 53% in the company, meaning that they are powerful enough to influence the decisions of the company.

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 Beasley Broadcast Group

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of US$87m, that means they have US$57m worth of shares. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 14% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over BBGI. 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.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 3.4%, of the shares on issue. 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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 5 warning signs with Beasley Broadcast Group (at least 1 which is concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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