What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Ossia International Limited (SGX:O08)?

If you want to know who really controls Ossia International Limited (SGX:O08), 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 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.

Ossia International is a smaller company with a market capitalization of S$34m, 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 shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Ossia International.

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SGX:O08 Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020
SGX:O08 Ownership Summary, March 3rd 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ossia International?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it’s unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Ossia International’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

SGX:O08 Income Statement, March 3rd 2020
SGX:O08 Income Statement, March 3rd 2020

Ossia International is not owned by hedge funds. From our data, we infer that the largest shareholder is Ching Lai Joe Goh (who also holds the title of Senior Key Executive) with 30% 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 and third largest shareholders are Ching Wah Goh and Ching Huat Goh, each holding around 23% of the shares outstanding. They also hold the titles of Top Key Executive and Member of the Board of Directors, respectively. This once again signifies considerable insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Further, we found that the top 2 shareholders have a combined ownership of 53% in the company, meaning that they are powerful enough to influence the decisions of the company.

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 Ossia International

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of Ossia International Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own S$27m worth of shares in the S$34m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 20% 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 Ossia International better, we need to consider many other factors. For example, we’ve discovered 4 warning signs for Ossia International (2 are potentially serious!) 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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