What Type Of Shareholder Owns Yat Sing Holdings Limited’s (HKG:3708)?

Every investor in Yat Sing Holdings Limited (HKG:3708) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

Yat Sing Holdings is a smaller company with a market capitalization of HK$1.1b, so it may still be flying under the radar of 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 Yat Sing Holdings.

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SEHK:3708 Ownership Summary May 11th 2020
SEHK:3708 Ownership Summary May 11th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Yat Sing Holdings?

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 could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don’t attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Yat Sing Holdings’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:3708 Income Statement May 11th 2020
SEHK:3708 Income Statement May 11th 2020

Yat Sing Holdings is not owned by hedge funds. With a 58% stake, CEO Jian Dai is the largest shareholder. This essentially means that they have significant control over the outcome or future of the company, which is why insider ownership is usually looked upon favourably by prospective buyers. With 0.3% and 0.2% of the shares outstanding respectively, Aizhong Lai and Shenzhen Bosum Asset Management Limited are the second and third largest shareholders. Interestingly, Aizhong Lai is also a Senior Key Executive, again, pointing towards strong insider ownership amongst the company’s top shareholders.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock’s expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. 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 Yat Sing Holdings

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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Yat Sing Holdings Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. So they have a HK$654m stake in this HK$1.1b business. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 41% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 3708. 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.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. For example, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs for Yat Sing Holdings (1 is a bit concerning!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

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