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Do Insiders Own Shares In ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPH)?

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A look at the shareholders of ProPhase Labs, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRPH) 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. 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$24m, ProPhase Labs is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about PRPH.

View our latest analysis for ProPhase Labs

NasdaqCM:PRPH Ownership Summary, July 11th 2019
NasdaqCM:PRPH Ownership Summary, July 11th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ProPhase Labs?

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 6.9% of ProPhase Labs. 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 ProPhase Labs's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqCM:PRPH Income Statement, July 11th 2019
NasdaqCM:PRPH Income Statement, July 11th 2019

Hedge funds don't have many shares in ProPhase Labs. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of ProPhase Labs

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.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of ProPhase Labs, Inc.. Insiders own US$6.4m worth of shares in the US$24m company. 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, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 66% stake in PRPH, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. 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:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand ProPhase Labs better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

If you would prefer check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, backed by strong financial data.

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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