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Individual investors who hold 38% of PHX Minerals Inc. (NYSE:PHX) gained 19%, institutions profited as well

Every investor in PHX Minerals Inc. (NYSE:PHX) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. We can see that individual investors own the lion's share in the company with 38% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).

While individual investors were the group that reaped the most benefits after last week’s 19% price gain, institutions also received a 22% cut.

In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of PHX Minerals.

Check out our latest analysis for PHX Minerals

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ownership-breakdown

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About PHX Minerals?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in PHX Minerals. 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. 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 PHX Minerals, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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earnings-and-revenue-growth

Our data indicates that hedge funds own 14% of PHX Minerals. That's interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. Edenbrook Capital Partners, LLC is currently the largest shareholder, with 14% of shares outstanding. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 10% and 9.3% of the stock. Furthermore, CEO Chad Stephens is the owner of 2.2% of the company's shares.

Looking at the shareholder registry, we can see that 51% of the ownership is controlled by the top 14 shareholders, meaning that no single shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of PHX Minerals

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of PHX Minerals Inc.. Insiders have a US$22m stake in this US$140m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 38% stake in PHX Minerals. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 9.3%, private equity firms could influence the PHX Minerals board. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we've spotted with PHX Minerals .

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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