What Kind Of Shareholders Own Computime Group Limited (HKG:320)?

If you want to know who really controls Computime Group Limited (HKG:320), 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 generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of HK$290m, Computime Group 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 are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Computime Group.

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SEHK:320 Ownership Summary May 3rd 2020
SEHK:320 Ownership Summary May 3rd 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Computime Group?

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. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Computime Group might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

SEHK:320 Income Statement May 3rd 2020
SEHK:320 Income Statement May 3rd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Computime Group. Our data suggests that Ho Auyang, who is also the company’s Top Key Executive, holds the most number of shares at 42%. 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 and third largest shareholders are Yee Leung and Hing Lun Au, holding 26% and 0.7%, respectively.

Our analysis suggests that the top 2 shareholders collectively control 68% of the company’s shares, implying that they have considerable power to influence the company’s decisions.

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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Computime Group

The definition of company insiders can be subjective, and does vary between jurisdictions. Our data reflects individual insiders, capturing board members at the very least. 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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

It seems that insiders own more than half the Computime Group Limited stock. This gives them a lot of power. That means they own HK$200m worth of shares in the HK$290m 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 31% 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:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Case in point: We’ve spotted 5 warning signs for Computime Group you should be aware of, and 1 of them is significant.

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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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