How Much Of Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ:MSEX) Do Institutions Own?

A look at the shareholders of Middlesex Water Company (NASDAQ:MSEX) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Middlesex Water isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$959m, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about MSEX.

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NasdaqGS:MSEX Ownership Summary, March 4th 2019
NasdaqGS:MSEX Ownership Summary, March 4th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Middlesex Water?

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 60% of Middlesex Water. 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 Middlesex Water’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGS:MSEX Income Statement, March 4th 2019
NasdaqGS:MSEX Income Statement, March 4th 2019

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Middlesex Water. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Middlesex Water

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.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

We can see that insiders own shares in Middlesex Water Company. In their own names, insiders own US$34m worth of stock in the US$959m company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 36% stake in MSEX. 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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I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

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.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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