What Type Of Shareholder Owns Travelzoo’s (NASDAQ:TZOO)?

A look at the shareholders of Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Travelzoo is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$162m, 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 own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about TZOO.

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NasdaqGS:TZOO Ownership Summary, March 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:TZOO Ownership Summary, March 15th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Travelzoo?

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.

Travelzoo already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 32% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 Travelzoo’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGS:TZOO Income Statement, March 15th 2019
NasdaqGS:TZOO Income Statement, March 15th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Travelzoo. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Travelzoo

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 the majority of Travelzoo. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own US$81m worth of shares in the US$162m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 17% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over TZOO. 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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While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find 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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