Can We See Significant Insider Ownership On The Lee & Man Chemical Company Limited (HKG:746) Share Register?

A look at the shareholders of Lee & Man Chemical Company Limited (HKG:746) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of 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.

Lee & Man Chemical is a smaller company with a market capitalization of HK$4.1b, 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 noticeable on the share registry. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about 746.

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SEHK:746 Ownership Summary, March 17th 2019
SEHK:746 Ownership Summary, March 17th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lee & Man Chemical?

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.

Lee & Man Chemical already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 11% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Lee & Man Chemical’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SEHK:746 Income Statement, March 17th 2019
SEHK:746 Income Statement, March 17th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Lee & Man Chemical. 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 Lee & Man Chemical

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Lee & Man Chemical Company Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. So they have a HK$3.1b stake in this HK$4.1b business. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 14% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. 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.

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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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