What Type Of Shareholder Owns Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited's (LON:SONG)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 22, 2019
LSE:SONG

Every investor in Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited (LON:SONG) 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 have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has a market capitalization of UK£667m, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about SONG.

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LSE:SONG Ownership Summary, November 22nd 2019
LSE:SONG Ownership Summary, November 22nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Hipgnosis Songs Fund?

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.

Hipgnosis Songs Fund already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 53% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Hipgnosis Songs Fund's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

LSE:SONG Income Statement, November 22nd 2019
LSE:SONG Income Statement, November 22nd 2019

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Hipgnosis Songs Fund. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Hipgnosis Songs Fund

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Hipgnosis Songs Fund Limited in their own names. It has a market capitalization of just UK£667m, and the board has only UK£100k worth of shares in their own names. 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

With a 47% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SONG. 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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 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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