Do Institutions Own China Biotech Services Holdings Limited (HKG:8037) Shares?

If you want to know who really controls China Biotech Services Holdings Limited (HKG:8037), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of HK$1.2b, China Biotech Services Holdings is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about China Biotech Services Holdings.

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SEHK:8037 Ownership Summary, January 15th 2020
SEHK:8037 Ownership Summary, January 15th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About China Biotech Services Holdings?

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.

Since institutions own under 5% of China Biotech Services Holdings, 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. If the business gets stronger from here, we could see a situation where more institutions are keen to buy. When multiple institutional investors want to buy shares, we often see a rising share price. The past revenue trajectory (shown below) can be an indication of future growth, but there are no guarantees.

SEHK:8037 Income Statement, January 15th 2020
SEHK:8037 Income Statement, January 15th 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in China Biotech Services Holdings. From our data, we infer that the largest shareholder is Xiaolin Liu (who also holds the title of Top Key Executive) with 55% 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. The second largest shareholder with 14%, is Wing Yiu Yau, followed by China Construction Bank Corporation, Asset Management Arm, with an ownership of 4.9%.

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. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of China Biotech Services 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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the China Biotech Services Holdings Limited stock. This gives them a lot of power. Given it has a market cap of HK$1.2b, that means they have HK$825m worth of shares. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 26% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 8037. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Case in point: We’ve spotted 3 warning signs for China Biotech Services Holdings you should be aware of, and 1 of them can’t be ignored.

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