What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings Limited’s (HKG:1123) Shareholder Register?

Every investor in China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings Limited (HKG:1123) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.

China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings is a smaller company with a market capitalization of HK$296m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about 1123.

See our latest analysis for China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings

SEHK:1123 Ownership Summary, July 26th 2019
SEHK:1123 Ownership Summary, July 26th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

SEHK:1123 Income Statement, July 26th 2019
SEHK:1123 Income Statement, July 26th 2019

China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings is not owned by hedge funds. 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-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of China-Hongkong Photo Products Holdings Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of HK$296m, that means they have HK$178m worth of shares. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 34% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 1123. 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.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 5.9% of 1123. This may be a strategic interest and the two companies may have related business interests. It could be that they have de-merged. This holding is probably worth investigating further.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

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