What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Southern Energy Holdings Group Limited (HKG:1573) Stock?

The big shareholder groups in Southern Energy Holdings Group Limited (HKG:1573) have power over the company. 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.

Southern Energy Holdings Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$617m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are not on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Southern Energy Holdings Group.

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SEHK:1573 Ownership Summary, February 28th 2020
SEHK:1573 Ownership Summary, February 28th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Southern Energy Holdings Group?

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 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. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. Southern Energy Holdings Group’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.

SEHK:1573 Income Statement, February 28th 2020
SEHK:1573 Income Statement, February 28th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Southern Energy Holdings Group. Our data suggests that Zhijun Xiao, who is also the company’s Senior Key Executive, holds the most number of shares at 13%. When an insider holds a sizeable amount of a company’s stock, investors consider it as a positive sign because it suggests that insiders are willing to have their wealth tied up in the future of the company. The second largest shareholder with 4.8%, is Hezhang Hongyi Construction Engineering Co., Ltd., followed by Bo Xu, with an ownership of 1.9%. Interestingly, Bo Xu is also a Chairman of the Board, again, indicating strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 6 shareholders collectively hold less than 50% of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no one share holder has a majority.

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 Southern Energy Holdings Group

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Southern Energy Holdings Group Limited. It has a market capitalization of just HK$617m, and insiders have HK$89m worth of shares in their own names. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public — mostly retail investors — own 81% of Southern Energy Holdings Group. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 4.8%, of the 1573 stock. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Southern Energy Holdings Group better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks, for example – Southern Energy Holdings Group has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

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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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