What Kind Of Shareholders Own Modern Media Holdings Limited (HKG:72)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 28, 2020
SEHK:72

A look at the shareholders of Modern Media Holdings Limited (HKG:72) can tell us which group is most powerful. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time. 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.

Modern Media Holdings is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$97m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it's seems 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 Modern Media Holdings.

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SEHK:72 Ownership Summary April 28th 2020
SEHK:72 Ownership Summary April 28th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Modern Media Holdings?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors own 7.1% of Modern Media Holdings. 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. 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 Modern Media Holdings's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SEHK:72 Income Statement April 28th 2020
SEHK:72 Income Statement April 28th 2020

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Modern Media Holdings. With a 69% stake, CEO Zhong Shao is the largest shareholder. With such a huge stake, we infer that they have significant control of the future of the company. It's usually considered a good sign when insiders own a significant number of shares in the company, and in this case, we're glad to see a company insider with such skin in the game. The second largest shareholder with 7.1%, is FIL Limited, followed by Warburg Pincus LLC, with an ownership of 5.8%.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. As far I can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Modern Media Holdings

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. 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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Modern Media Holdings Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means they own HK$68m worth of shares in the HK$97m company. That's quite meaningful. 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 holds a 18% stake in 72. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 5.8% stake in 72. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. 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.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Modern Media Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Modern Media Holdings (including 1 which is is concerning) .

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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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