How Much Of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation (NYSE:CHMI) Do Insiders Own?

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Every investor in Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation (NYSE:CHMI) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.’

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$296m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about CHMI.

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NYSE:CHMI Ownership Summary, April 29th 2019
NYSE:CHMI Ownership Summary, April 29th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment?

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.

Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 53% of the company. 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 Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:CHMI Income Statement, April 29th 2019
NYSE:CHMI Income Statement, April 29th 2019

Since institutional investors own more than half the issued stock, the board will likely have to pay attention to their preferences. It looks like hedge funds own 7.6% of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment shares. 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. While there is some analyst coverage, the company is probably not widely covered. So it could gain more attention, down the track.

Insider Ownership Of Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Cherry Hill Mortgage Investment Corporation. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$20m worth of the US$296m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

With a 31% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over CHMI. 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.

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

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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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