What Type Of Shareholders Make Up Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company's (NASDAQ:HMHC) Share Registry?

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 15, 2021
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A look at the shareholders of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has a market capitalization of US$1.3b, so we would expect some institutional investors to have noticed the stock. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

See our latest analysis for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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NasdaqGS:HMHC Ownership Breakdown June 16th 2021

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

We can see that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's 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. 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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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NasdaqGS:HMHC Earnings and Revenue Growth June 16th 2021

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is not owned by hedge funds. Wellington Management Group LLP is currently the company's largest shareholder with 13% of shares outstanding. Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. is the second largest shareholder owning 8.4% of common stock, and AllianceBernstein L.P. holds about 7.0% of the company stock.

On further inspection, we found that more than half the company's shares are owned by the top 9 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company. It is a pretty big company, so it is generally a positive to see some potentially meaningful alignment. In this case, they own around US$19m worth of shares (at current prices). It is good to see this level of investment by insiders. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 10% stake in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 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. To that end, you should be aware of the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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