What Type Of Shareholders Make Up Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited's (HKG:1398) Share Registry?

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 30, 2020
SEHK:1398

Every investor in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (HKG:1398) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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.

With a market capitalization of HK$1.9t, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is rather large. We'd expect to see institutional investors on the register. Companies of this size are usually well known to retail investors, too. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

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SEHK:1398 Ownership Breakdown October 1st 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Industrial and Commercial Bank of China?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it's included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

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SEHK:1398 Earnings and Revenue Growth October 1st 2020

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Central Huijin Investment Ltd. with 35% of shares outstanding. For context, the second largest shareholder holds about 31% of the shares outstanding, followed by an ownership of 5.9% by the third-largest shareholder.

A more detailed study of the shareholder registry showed us that 2 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 66% stake.

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. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

I generally consider insider ownership to be a good thing. However, on some occasions it makes it more difficult for other shareholders to hold the board accountable for decisions.

Our data suggests that insiders own under 1% of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited in their own names. Being so large, we would not expect insiders to own a large proportion of the stock. Collectively, they own HK$10k of stock. It is good to see board members owning shares, but it might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 12% stake in Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. 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

Public companies currently own 4.4% of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China stock. We can't be certain but it is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Industrial and Commercial Bank of China better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should be aware of the 1 warning sign we've spotted with Industrial and Commercial Bank of China .

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its 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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