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Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In A.H. Belo Corporation (NYSE:AHC)?

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If you want to know who really controls A.H. Belo Corporation (NYSE:AHC), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. 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.

With a market capitalization of US$81m, A.H. Belo 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 institutions own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about AHC.

See our latest analysis for A.H. Belo

NYSE:AHC Ownership Summary, June 23rd 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About A.H. Belo?

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 63% of A.H. Belo. 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 A.H. Belo, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:AHC Income Statement, June 23rd 2019

Institutional investors own over 50% of the company, so together than can probably strongly influence board decisions. Hedge funds don't have many shares in A.H. Belo. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of A.H. Belo

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of A.H. Belo Corporation. It has a market capitalization of just US$81m, and insiders have US$8.3m 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 25% stake in AHC. 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.

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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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