What Type Of Shareholder Owns BSQUARE Corporation’s (NASDAQ:BSQR)?

A look at the shareholders of BSQUARE Corporation (NASDAQ:BSQR) 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. 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.

BSQUARE is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$13m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about BSQUARE.

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NasdaqCM:BSQR Ownership Summary, March 18th 2020
NasdaqCM:BSQR Ownership Summary, March 18th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About BSQUARE?

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 12% of BSQUARE. 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. 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 BSQUARE’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:BSQR Income Statement, March 18th 2020
NasdaqCM:BSQR Income Statement, March 18th 2020

It would appear that 18% of BSQUARE shares are controlled by hedge funds. 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. The company’s largest shareholder is Palogic Value Management, LP, with ownership of 11%, Next, we have Renaissance Technologies Corp. and Richard Karp as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 7.3% and 6.1%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 25 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company’s shares, meaning that the company’s shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

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. 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 BSQUARE

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. 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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in BSQUARE Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$13m, and insiders have US$1.2m worth of shares, in their own names. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but I usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 60% of BSQUARE shares. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we’ve spotted with BSQUARE (including 1 which is can’t be ignored) .

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