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What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ:BRID)?

Chris Amalia

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A look at the shareholders of Bridgford Foods Corporation (NASDAQ:BRID) 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Bridgford Foods is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$216m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about BRID.

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NasdaqGM:BRID Ownership Summary, February 25th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bridgford Foods?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

Bridgford Foods already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 5.7% of the company. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Bridgford Foods’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

NasdaqGM:BRID Income Statement, February 25th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Bridgford Foods. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Bridgford Foods

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Bridgford Foods Corporation. In their own names, insiders own US$5.8m worth of stock in the US$216m company. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 12% stake in BRID. 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.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 79%, of the BRID stock. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

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

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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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