What Kind Of Shareholder Owns Most Nanjing Sample Technology Company Limited (HKG:1708) Stock?

A look at the shareholders of Nanjing Sample Technology Company Limited (HKG:1708) 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. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

Nanjing Sample Technology isn’t enormous, but it’s not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of HK$7.4b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Taking a look at the our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about 1708.

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SEHK:1708 Ownership Summary December 16th 18
SEHK:1708 Ownership Summary December 16th 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Nanjing Sample Technology?

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.

Nanjing Sample Technology already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 8.2% of the company. 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. 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 Nanjing Sample Technology’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SEHK:1708 Income Statement Export December 16th 18
SEHK:1708 Income Statement Export December 16th 18

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Nanjing Sample Technology. 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 Nanjing Sample Technology

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.

Insider ownership is positive when it signals leadership are thinking like the true owners of the company. However, high insider ownership can also give immense power to a small group within the company. This can be negative in some circumstances.

We can see that insiders own shares in Nanjing Sample Technology Company Limited. As individuals, the insiders collectively own HK$125m worth of the HK$7.4b company. This shows at least some alignment. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 16% stake in 1708. 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.

Private Company Ownership

Our data indicates that Private Companies hold 74%, 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 Nanjing Sample Technology better, we need to consider many other factors.

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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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