Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. (HKG:3818) Share Register?

Every investor in China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd. (HKG:3818) 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. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

China Dongxiang (Group) is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$4.8b, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions own shares in the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about 3818.

See our latest analysis for China Dongxiang (Group)

SEHK:3818 Ownership Summary, August 16th 2019
SEHK:3818 Ownership Summary, August 16th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About China Dongxiang (Group)?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

China Dongxiang (Group) already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 16% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 China Dongxiang (Group)’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SEHK:3818 Income Statement, August 16th 2019
SEHK:3818 Income Statement, August 16th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in China Dongxiang (Group). There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of China Dongxiang (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.

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 China Dongxiang (Group) Co., Ltd.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own HK$2.4b worth of shares in the HK$4.8b company. That’s quite meaningful. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 34% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand China Dongxiang (Group) better, we need to consider many other factors.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter 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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