What Kind Of Shareholders Own Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS)?

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Every investor in Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHOS) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.’

With a market capitalization of US$47m, Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about SHOS.

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NASDAQCM:SHOS Ownership Summary February 1st 19
NASDAQCM:SHOS Ownership Summary February 1st 19

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores?

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 14% of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. 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. 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 Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NASDAQCM:SHOS Income Statement Export February 1st 19
NASDAQCM:SHOS Income Statement Export February 1st 19

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 31% of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores. 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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$47m, and insiders have US$18m worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 16% stake in SHOS. 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 always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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