What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The Synertone Communication Corporation’s (HKG:1613) Shareholder Register?

If you want to know who really controls Synertone Communication Corporation (HKG:1613), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.’

Synertone Communication is a smaller company with a market capitalization of HK$366m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions don’t own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about 1613.

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SEHK:1613 Ownership Summary December 17th 18
SEHK:1613 Ownership Summary December 17th 18

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Synertone Communication?

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. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Synertone Communication might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

SEHK:1613 Income Statement Export December 17th 18
SEHK:1613 Income Statement Export December 17th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Synertone Communication. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Synertone Communication

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. 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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Synertone Communication Corporation. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of HK$366m, that means they have HK$186m worth of shares. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 49% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Next Steps:

I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too.

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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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