What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Macau Property Opportunities Fund Limited (LON:MPO) Stock?

If you want to know who really controls Macau Property Opportunities Fund Limited (LON:MPO), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. Companies that used to be publicly owned tend to have lower insider ownership.

Macau Property Opportunities Fund is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of UK£71m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Macau Property Opportunities Fund.

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LSE:MPO Ownership Summary, January 25th 2020
LSE:MPO Ownership Summary, January 25th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Macau Property Opportunities Fund?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

Macau Property Opportunities Fund already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 67% of the company. 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 Macau Property Opportunities Fund’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

LSE:MPO Income Statement, January 25th 2020
LSE:MPO Income Statement, January 25th 2020

Investors should note that institutions actually own more than half the company, so they can collectively wield significant power. Our data indicates that hedge funds own 6.1% of Macau Property Opportunities Fund. That’s interesting, because hedge funds can be quite active and activist. Many look for medium term catalysts that will drive the share price higher. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Lazard Asset Management LLC with 17% of shares outstanding. Next, we have USS Investment Management Limited and Apollo Multi Asset Management LLP as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 14% and 6.3%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

On further inspection, we found that 55% 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.

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. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Macau Property Opportunities Fund

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Macau Property Opportunities Fund Limited in their own names. It has a market capitalization of just UK£71m, and the board has only UK£93k worth of shares in their own names. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 27% stake in MPO. 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.

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. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with Macau Property Opportunities Fund .

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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