Can We See Significant Institutional Ownership On The CHP Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:CHPM) Share Register?

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 15, 2020
NasdaqCM:CHPM

The big shareholder groups in CHP Merger Corp. (NASDAQ:CHPM) have power over the company. 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.

With a market capitalization of US$365m, CHP Merger is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about CHP Merger.

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NasdaqCM:CHPM Ownership Summary May 15th 2020
NasdaqCM:CHPM Ownership Summary May 15th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About CHP Merger?

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 CHP Merger does have institutional investors; and they hold 10.0% 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. 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 CHP Merger's historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

NasdaqCM:CHPM Income Statement May 15th 2020
NasdaqCM:CHPM Income Statement May 15th 2020

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 23% of CHP Merger. That's interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Concord Health Partners, LLC with 20% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are UBS O'Connor LLC and Linden Advisors LP, holding 6.5% and 5.5%, respectively.

On further inspection, we found that 51% of the share register is owned by the top 8 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of CHP Merger

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of CHP Merger Corp. in their own names. It has a market capitalization of just US$365m, and the board has only US$729k 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

The general public, with a 47% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 20%, private equity firms could influence the CHPM board. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we've discovered 1 warning sign for CHP Merger that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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