What Kind Of Shareholders Own BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited (HKG:2388)?

The big shareholder groups in BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited (HKG:2388) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of HK$279b, BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) is rather large. We’d expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about 2388.

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SEHK:2388 Ownership Summary, December 12th 2019
SEHK:2388 Ownership Summary, December 12th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About BOC Hong Kong (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.

We can see that BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) does have institutional investors; and they hold 9.0% of the stock. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at BOC Hong Kong (Holdings)’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SEHK:2388 Income Statement, December 12th 2019
SEHK:2388 Income Statement, December 12th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in BOC Hong Kong (Holdings). Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of BOC Hong Kong (Holdings)

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Limited in their own names. As it is a large company, we’d only expect insiders to own a small percentage of it. But it’s worth noting that they own HK$1.1m worth of shares. In this sort of situation, it can be more interesting to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 25% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

Public Company Ownership

It appears to us that public companies own 66% of 2388. 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.

For example, we’ve discovered 1 warning sign for BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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