What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of PHX Energy Services Corp (TSE:PHX)?

Every investor in PHX Energy Services Corp (TSE:PHX) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of CA$175m, PHX Energy Services is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at the 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 PHX.

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TSX:PHX Ownership Summary October 22nd 18
TSX:PHX Ownership Summary October 22nd 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About PHX Energy Services?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that PHX Energy Services does have institutional investors; and they hold 42% of the stock. 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. 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 PHX Energy Services, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

TSX:PHX Income Statement Export October 22nd 18
TSX:PHX Income Statement Export October 22nd 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in PHX Energy Services. 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 PHX Energy Services

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 PHX Energy Services Corp. It has a market capitalization of just CA$175m, and insiders have CA$27m worth of shares in their own names. 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 holds a 43% stake in PHX. 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.

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.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow of 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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