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The Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ:SHEN) Ownership Structure Could Be Important

Mary Ramos

The big shareholder groups in Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (NASDAQ:SHEN) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.’

Shenandoah Telecommunications isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of US$1.91b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about SHEN.

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NasdaqGS:SHEN Ownership Summary September 21st 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Shenandoah Telecommunications?

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.

Shenandoah Telecommunications already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 49.0% of the company. 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. 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 Shenandoah Telecommunications, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NasdaqGS:SHEN Income Statement Export September 21st 18

Shenandoah Telecommunications is not owned by hedge funds. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Shenandoah Telecommunications

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

Shareholders would probably be interested to learn that insiders own shares in Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own US$123.4m worth of shares (at current prices). Most would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. Still, it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 44.5% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over SHEN. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

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

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.