Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Bison Finance Group Limited (HKG:888) Share Register?

Every investor in Bison Finance Group Limited (HKG:888) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. Warren Buffett said that he likes “a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people.” So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Bison Finance Group is a smaller company with a market capitalization of HK$355m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions don’t own many shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Bison Finance Group.

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SEHK:888 Ownership Summary, March 25th 2020
SEHK:888 Ownership Summary, March 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Bison Finance Group?

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.

Since institutions own under 5% of Bison Finance Group, many may not have spent much time considering the stock. But it’s clear that some have; and they liked it enough to buy in. So if the company itself can improve over time, we may well see more institutional buyers in the future. We sometimes see a rising share price when a few big institutions want to buy a certain stock at the same time. The history of earnings and revenue, which you can see below, could be helpful in considering if more institutional investors will want the stock. Of course, there are plenty of other factors to consider, too.

SEHK:888 Income Statement, March 25th 2020
SEHK:888 Income Statement, March 25th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Bison Finance Group. Because actions speak louder than words, we consider it a good sign when insiders own a significant stake in a company. In Bison Finance Group’s case, its Senior Key Executive, Peixin Xu, is the largest shareholder, holding 57% of shares outstanding. With 8.7% and 1.2% of the shares outstanding respectively, Bin Tan and Dongxing Securities Co., Ltd., Asset Management Arm are the second and third largest shareholders.

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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Bison Finance Group

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the Bison Finance Group Limited stock. This gives them a lot of power. So they have a HK$238m stake in this HK$355m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 32% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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 Bison Finance Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 4 warning signs for Bison Finance Group you should know about.

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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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