What Kind Of Shareholders Own V.S. International Group Limited (HKG:1002)?

If you want to know who really controls V.S. International Group Limited (HKG:1002), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

V.S. International Group is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$535m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions don’t own many shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about V.S. International Group.

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SEHK:1002 Ownership Summary, December 22nd 2019
SEHK:1002 Ownership Summary, December 22nd 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About V.S. International Group?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. 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. V.S. International 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:1002 Income Statement, December 22nd 2019
SEHK:1002 Income Statement, December 22nd 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in V.S. International Group. Our data shows that V.S. Industry Berhad is the largest shareholder with 43% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Kim Beh and Sem Gan as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 7.8% and 3.3%, of the shares outstanding, respectively. They also happen to be Top Key Executive and Member of the Board of Directors, respectively. That is, insiders feature higher up in the heirarchy of the company’s top shareholders.

Additionally, we found that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 51% stake.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, It also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of V.S. International Group

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in V.S. International Group Limited. Insiders have a HK$81m stake in this HK$535m business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 41% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 1002. 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

Public companies currently own 43% of 1002 stock. 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 3 warning signs for V.S. International Group (of which 1 is major) which any shareholder or potential investor should be aware of.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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