What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Bassett Furniture Industries, Incorporated (NASDAQ:BSET) Stock?

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If you want to know who really controls Bassett Furniture Industries, Incorporated (NASDAQ:BSET), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.’

Bassett Furniture Industries is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$165m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about BSET.

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NasdaqGS:BSET Ownership Summary, July 2nd 2019
NasdaqGS:BSET Ownership Summary, July 2nd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bassett Furniture Industries?

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 64% of Bassett Furniture Industries. 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. 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 Bassett Furniture Industries’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:BSET Income Statement, July 2nd 2019
NasdaqGS:BSET Income Statement, July 2nd 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 7.0% of Bassett Furniture Industries shares are controlled by hedge funds. That catches my attention because hedge funds sometimes try to influence management, or bring about changes that will create near term value for shareholders. 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 Bassett Furniture Industries

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. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Bassett Furniture Industries, Incorporated. In their own names, insiders own US$9.1m worth of stock in the US$165m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 24% stake in BSET. 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:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Bassett Furniture Industries 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.

If you would prefer discover what analysts are predicting in terms of future growth, do not miss this free report on analyst forecasts.

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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