Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited (HKG:8320) Share Register?

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A look at the shareholders of Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited (HKG:8320) can tell us which group is most powerful. 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.’

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group is a smaller company with a market capitalization of HK$144m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are not on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about 8320.

See our latest analysis for Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group

SEHK:8320 Ownership Summary, July 19th 2019
SEHK:8320 Ownership Summary, July 19th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants 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. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group, for yourself, below.

SEHK:8320 Income Statement, July 19th 2019
SEHK:8320 Income Statement, July 19th 2019

Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group is not owned by hedge funds. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group

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. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own some shares in Allied Sustainability and Environmental Consultants Group Limited. In their own names, insiders own HK$14m worth of stock in the HK$144m company. This shows at least some alignment, but I usually like to see larger insider holdings. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 22% stake in 8320. 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 7.3%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 61%, of the shares on issue. It’s hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private company.

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