What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) Stock?

Every investor in Francesca’s Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:FRAN) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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$8.3m, Francesca’s Holdings 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 institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Francesca’s Holdings.

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NasdaqGS:FRAN Ownership Summary, March 18th 2020
NasdaqGS:FRAN Ownership Summary, March 18th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Francesca’s Holdings?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 39% of Francesca’s Holdings. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Francesca’s Holdings’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:FRAN Income Statement, March 18th 2020
NasdaqGS:FRAN Income Statement, March 18th 2020

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 21% of Francesca’s Holdings. That worth noting, since hedge funds are often quite active investors, who may try to influence management. Many want to see value creation (and a higher share price) in the short term or medium term. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Cross River Capital Management LLC with 21% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Ancora Advisors, LLC and Signia Capital Management LLC as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 5.5% and 5.2%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On studying the facts and figures more closely, we found that 9 of the top shareholders account for 52% of the register, implying that along with larger shareholders, there are a few smaller shareholders, thereby balancing out each others interests somewhat.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of Francesca’s Holdings

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.

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 Francesca’s Holdings Corporation. In their own names, insiders own US$385k worth of stock in the US$8.3m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 36% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over FRAN. 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. For instance, we’ve identified 3 warning signs for Francesca’s Holdings (2 are concerning) that you should be aware of.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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