Do Insiders Own Shares In China Public Procurement Limited (HKG:1094)?

The big shareholder groups in China Public Procurement Limited (HKG:1094) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. I quite like to see at least a little bit of insider ownership. As Charlie Munger said ‘Show me the incentive and I will show you the outcome.

China Public Procurement is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$59m, 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 institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about China Public Procurement.

Check out our latest analysis for China Public Procurement

SEHK:1094 Ownership Summary, January 15th 2020
SEHK:1094 Ownership Summary, January 15th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About China Public Procurement?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. 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 China Public Procurement, for yourself, below.

SEHK:1094 Income Statement, January 15th 2020
SEHK:1094 Income Statement, January 15th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in China Public Procurement. Our data shows that Gegeng Huang is the largest shareholder with 17% of shares outstanding. Next, we have Zhao Liuqing and Wai Kong Ho as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 13% and 4.3%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 5 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company’s shares, meaning that the company’s shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of China Public Procurement

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

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 information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in China Public Procurement Limited. It has a market capitalization of just HK$59m, and insiders have HK$20m worth of shares in their own names. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 66% stake in 1094, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. 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.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that China Public Procurement is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 2 of those are potentially serious…

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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