What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Hudson Global, Inc’s (NASDAQ:HSON) Shareholder Register?

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The big shareholder groups in Hudson Global, Inc (NASDAQ:HSON) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

With a market capitalization of US$38m, Hudson Global is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about HSON.

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NasdaqGS:HSON Ownership Summary, May 30th 2019
NasdaqGS:HSON Ownership Summary, May 30th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Hudson Global?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 54% of Hudson Global. 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 Hudson Global, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:HSON Income Statement, May 30th 2019
NasdaqGS:HSON Income Statement, May 30th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. It would appear that 8.0% of Hudson Global shares are controlled by hedge funds. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Hudson Global

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Hudson Global, Inc. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$3.4m worth of the US$38m company. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 29% stake in HSON. 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.

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

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.

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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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