Could Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings) Limited’s (HKG:8159) Investor Composition Influence The Stock Price?

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If you want to know who really controls Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings) Limited (HKG:8159), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Warren Buffett said that he likes ‘a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people’. So it’s nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

With a market capitalization of HK$160m, Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings) is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are not on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about 8159.

Check out our latest analysis for Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings)

SEHK:8159 Ownership Summary, July 15th 2019
SEHK:8159 Ownership Summary, July 15th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings)?

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 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. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. 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 Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings), for yourself, below.

SEHK:8159 Income Statement, July 15th 2019
SEHK:8159 Income Statement, July 15th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings). 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 Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings)

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Glory Mark Hi-Tech (Holdings) Limited. Insiders own HK$31m worth of shares in the HK$160m company. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

With a 25% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 8159. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 56%, of the shares on issue. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important.

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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