Art Group Holdings Limited (HKG:565) surges 11%; individual investors who own 52% shares profited along with insiders

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 11, 2022
SEHK:565
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If you want to know who really controls Art Group Holdings Limited (HKG:565), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. The group holding the most number of shares in the company, around 52% to be precise, is individual investors. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

Individual investors gained the most after market cap touched HK$807m last week, while insiders who own 43% also benefitted.

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Art Group Holdings.

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SEHK:565 Ownership Breakdown April 11th 2022

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Art Group Holdings?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it's included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

We can see that Art Group Holdings does have institutional investors; and they hold a good portion of the company's stock. 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. When multiple institutions own a stock, there's always a risk that they are in a 'crowded trade'. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Art Group Holdings' historic earnings and revenue below, but keep in mind there's always more to the story.

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SEHK:565 Earnings and Revenue Growth April 11th 2022

Art Group Holdings is not owned by hedge funds. Our data suggests that Jinyan Chen, who is also the company's Top Key Executive, holds the most number of shares at 22%. When an insider holds a sizeable amount of a company's stock, investors consider it as a positive sign because it suggests that insiders are willing to have their wealth tied up in the future of the company. With 14% and 7.0% of the shares outstanding respectively, Jindong Chen and Jinqing Chen are the second and third largest shareholders. Interestingly, the second-largest shareholder, Jindong Chen is also Chief Executive Officer, again, pointing towards strong insider ownership amongst the company's top shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 5 shareholders collectively hold less than half of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no single shareholder has a majority.

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. 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 Art Group Holdings

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Management ultimately answers to the board. However, it is not uncommon for managers to be executive board members, especially if they are a founder or the CEO.

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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Art Group Holdings Limited. Insiders own HK$346m worth of shares in the HK$807m company. We would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a substantial 52% stake in Art Group Holdings, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This level of ownership gives investors from the wider public some power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Art Group Holdings better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks for example - Art Group Holdings has 3 warning signs (and 1 which shouldn't be ignored) we think you should know about.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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