What Kind Of Shareholders Own Kia Motors Corporation (KRX:000270)?

The big shareholder groups in Kia Motors Corporation (KRX:000270) have power over the company. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Kia Motors is a pretty big company. It has a market capitalization of ₩15t. Normally institutions would own a significant portion of a company this size. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about Kia Motors.

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KOSE:A000270 Ownership Summary, February 25th 2020
KOSE:A000270 Ownership Summary, February 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Kia Motors?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that Kia Motors does have institutional investors; and they hold 28% 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 Kia Motors’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

KOSE:A000270 Income Statement, February 25th 2020
KOSE:A000270 Income Statement, February 25th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Kia Motors. Hyundai Motor Company is currently the largest shareholder, with 34% of shares outstanding. National Pension Service is the second largest shareholder with 7.5% of common stock, followed by First Eagle Investment Management, LLC, holding 3.4% of the stock.

On further inspection, we found that 51% of the share register is owned by the top 6 shareholders, suggesting that the interests of the larger shareholders are balanced out to an extent by the smaller ones.

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. Quite a few analysts cover the stock, so you could look into forecast growth quite easily.

Insider Ownership Of Kia Motors

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.

I can report that insiders do own shares in Kia Motors Corporation. The insiders have a meaningful stake worth ₩274b. 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

The general public holds a 35% stake in A000270. 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 34% of A000270. 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.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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