Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Yanlord Land Group Limited (SGX:Z25) Share Register?

If you want to know who really controls Yanlord Land Group Limited (SGX:Z25), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. 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.

With a market capitalization of S$2.3b, Yanlord Land Group is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Yanlord Land Group.

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SGX:Z25 Ownership Summary, February 20th 2020
SGX:Z25 Ownership Summary, February 20th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Yanlord Land Group?

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.

Yanlord Land Group already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 6.6% of the company. 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 Yanlord Land Group, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

SGX:Z25 Income Statement, February 20th 2020
SGX:Z25 Income Statement, February 20th 2020

Yanlord Land Group is not owned by hedge funds. With a 70% stake, CEO Sheng Jian Zhong is the largest shareholder. This implies that they possess majority interests and have significant control over the company. Investors usually consider it a good sign when the company leadership has such a significant stake, as this is widely perceived to increase the chance that the management will act in the best interests of the company. Siliang Zhong is the second largest shareholder with 1.6% of common stock, followed by Standard Life Aberdeen plc, holding 1.4% of the stock. Interestingly, Siliang Zhong is also a Senior Key Executive, again, pointing towards strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Yanlord Land Group

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 that insiders own more than half the Yanlord Land Group Limited stock. This gives them a lot of power. That means insiders have a very meaningful S$1.7b stake in this S$2.3b business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been selling any of their shares.

General Public Ownership

With a 21% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over Z25. 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Yanlord Land Group you should be aware of, and 1 of them is a bit unpleasant.

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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