In this article, I’m going to take a look at China Rapid Finance Limited’s (NYSE:XRF) latest ownership structure, a non-fundamental factor which is important, but remains a less discussed subject among investors. When it comes to ownership structure of a company, the impact has been observed in both the long-and short-term performance of shares. Different types of investors can have varying degrees of influence on a company’s management team. For example, an active institutional investor may be more likely to hold a company accountable for certain actions whereas a passive fund will move in and out of stocks without regards to corporate governance. The implications of these institutions’ actions can either benefit or hinder individual investors, so it is important to understand the ownership composition of your stock investment. Now I will analyze XRF’s shareholder registry in more detail.View our latest analysis for China Rapid Finance
Institutional OwnershipXRF’s 14.61% institutional ownership seems enough to cause large share price movements in the case of significant share sell-off or acquisitions by institutions, particularly when there is a low level of public shares available on the market to trade. However, as not all institutions are alike, such high volatility events, especially in the short-term, have been more frequently linked to active market participants like hedge funds. In the case of XRF, investors need not worry about such volatility considering active hedge funds don’t have a significant stake. However, we should dig deeper into XRF’s ownership structure and find out how other key ownership classes can affect its investment profile.
Insider OwnershipI find insiders are another important group of stakeholders, who are directly involved in making key decisions related to the use of capital. In essence, insider ownership is more about the alignment of shareholders’ interests with the management. XRF insiders hold a significant stake of 16.89% in the company. This level of insider ownership has been found to have a negative impact on companies with consistently low PE ratios (underperformers), while it has been positive in the case of high PE ratio firms (outperformers). It’s also interesting to learn what XRF insiders have been doing with their shareholdings lately. Insiders buying company shares can be a positive indicator of future performance, but a selling decision can simply be driven by personal financial needs.
General Public OwnershipA big stake of 38.57% in XRF is held by the general public. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in major company policies that affect shareholders returns, including executive remuneration and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.
Private Equity OwnershipPrivate equity firms hold a 29.92% stake in XRF. With a stake of this size, they can be influential in key policy decisions. An investor should be encouraged by the ownership of these institutions who are known to be experts in increasing efficiency, improving capital structure and opting for value-accretive policy decisions.
XRF has a significant level of institutional ownership, which often causes long bull and bear trends if the perceived value of the stock changes for these big-ticket investors. This is to avoid getting trapped in a sustained sell-off that is often observed in stocks with this level of institutional participation. However, other important factors we must never forget to assess are the fundamentals. I recommend you take a look at our latest free analysis report on China Rapid Finance to see XRF’s fundamentals and whether it could be considered an undervalued opportunity.
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