What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The 111, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:YI) Shareholder Register?

If you want to know who really controls 111, Inc. (NASDAQ:YI), 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.

With a market capitalization of US$621m, 111 is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions don’t own many shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about 111.

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NasdaqGM:YI Ownership Summary April 21st 2020
NasdaqGM:YI Ownership Summary April 21st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About 111?

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.

Less than 5% of 111 is held by institutional investors. This suggests that some funds have the company in their sights, but many have not yet bought shares in it. If the business gets stronger from here, we could see a situation where more institutions are keen to buy. It is not uncommon to see a big share price rise if multiple institutional investors are trying to buy into a stock at the same time. So check out the historic earnings trajectory, below, but keep in mind it’s the future that counts most.

NasdaqGM:YI Income Statement April 21st 2020
NasdaqGM:YI Income Statement April 21st 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in 111. The company’s CEO Junling Liu is the largest shareholder with 23% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Gang Yu and ClearVue Partners as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 22% and 12%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. Interestingly, Gang Yu is also a Top Key Executive, again, pointing towards strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Further, we found that the top 3 shareholders have a combined ownership of 56% in the company, meaning that they are powerful enough to influence the decisions of the company.

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. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of 111

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.

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 insiders own a significant proportion of 111, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$621m, and insiders have US$303m 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 YI. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 21%, private equity firms could influence the YI board. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 5.3%, of the shares on issue. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

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. Like risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 2 warning signs for 111 (of which 1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) you should know about.

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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