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What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Canterbury Park Holding Corporation's (NASDAQ:CPHC) Shareholder Register?

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Every investor in Canterbury Park Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:CPHC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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.

Canterbury Park Holding is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$57m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see 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 CPHC.

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NasdaqGM:CPHC Ownership Summary, October 28th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Canterbury Park Holding?

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.

We can see that Canterbury Park Holding does have institutional investors; and they hold 28% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 Canterbury Park Holding's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGM:CPHC Income Statement, October 28th 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Canterbury Park Holding. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Canterbury Park Holding

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.

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 Canterbury Park Holding Corporation. Insiders have a US$22m stake in this US$57m business. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 34% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

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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 always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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