What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Ko Yo Chemical (Group) Limited (HKG:827)?

The big shareholder groups in Ko Yo Chemical (Group) Limited (HKG:827) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, ‘Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of HK$917m, Ko Yo Chemical (Group) is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows 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 Ko Yo Chemical (Group).

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SEHK:827 Ownership Summary, January 18th 2020
SEHK:827 Ownership Summary, January 18th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Ko Yo Chemical (Group)?

We don’t tend to see institutional investors holding stock of companies that are very risky, thinly traded, or very small. Though we do sometimes see large companies without institutions on the register, it’s not particularly common.

There are multiple explanations for why institutions don’t own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to fund under management, so the institition does not bother to look closely at the company. 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 Ko Yo Chemical (Group), for yourself, below.

SEHK:827 Income Statement, January 18th 2020
SEHK:827 Income Statement, January 18th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Ko Yo Chemical (Group). Kin Ming Cheng is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 15% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 9.1%, is China Mass Enterprises Limited, followed by Weiruo Li, with an ownership of 7.5%.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 10 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Ko Yo Chemical (Group)

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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Ko Yo Chemical (Group) Limited. It has a market capitalization of just HK$917m, and insiders have HK$288m worth of shares in their own names. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 59% of Ko Yo Chemical (Group) shares. With this size of ownership, retail investors can collectively play a role in decisions that affect shareholder returns, such as dividend policies and the appointment of directors. They can also exercise the power to decline an acquisition or merger that may not improve profitability.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 9.1%, of the company’s shares. 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.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Ko Yo Chemical (Group) better, we need to consider many other factors. Be aware that Ko Yo Chemical (Group) is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those make us uncomfortable…

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