Do Institutions Own 7Road Holdings Limited (HKG:797) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls 7Road Holdings Limited (HKG:797), 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. 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.

7Road Holdings isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of HK$7.4b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. In the chart below, we can see that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about 7Road Holdings.

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SEHK:797 Ownership Summary, January 23rd 2020
SEHK:797 Ownership Summary, January 23rd 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About 7Road Holdings?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 14% of 7Road Holdings. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see 7Road Holdings’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

SEHK:797 Income Statement, January 23rd 2020
SEHK:797 Income Statement, January 23rd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in 7Road Holdings. From our data, we infer that the largest shareholder is Shuqi Meng (who also holds the title of Top Key Executive) with 20% of shares outstanding. Its usually considered a good sign when insiders own a significant number of shares in the company, and in this case, we’re glad to see a company insider play the role of a key stakeholder. With 16% and 13% of the shares outstanding respectively, Min Hu and Shanghai Baohui Investment Management Center (Limited Partnership) are the second and third largest shareholders.

A deeper analysis brings to light the fact that 57% of the company is controlled by the top 4 shareholders suggesting that these owners wield significant influence on the business.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. We’re not picking up on any analyst coverage of the stock at the moment, so the company is unlikely to be widely held.

Insider Ownership Of 7Road Holdings

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. 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 7Road Holdings Limited. It has a market capitalization of just HK$7.4b, and insiders have HK$3.5b worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 22% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 797. 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 an ownership of 6.7%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 10%, of the 797 stock. Private companies may be related parties. Sometimes insiders have an interest in a public company through a holding in a private company, rather than in their own capacity as an individual. While it’s hard to draw any broad stroke conclusions, it is worth noting as an area for further research.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for 7Road Holdings (1 is concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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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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