What Type Of Shareholder Owns KG Intelligence CO., LTD.’s (TYO:2408)?

A look at the shareholders of KG Intelligence CO., LTD. (TYO:2408) can tell us which group is most powerful. 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.

With a market capitalization of JP¥1.6b, KG Intelligence is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about KG Intelligence.

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JASDAQ:2408 Ownership Summary April 10th 2020
JASDAQ:2408 Ownership Summary April 10th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About KG Intelligence?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

We can see that KG Intelligence does have institutional investors; and they hold 8.7% of the stock. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. 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 KG Intelligence’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

JASDAQ:2408 Income Statement April 10th 2020
JASDAQ:2408 Income Statement April 10th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in KG Intelligence. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is the CEO Takemi Masuda with 49% of shares outstanding. Next, we have The Hyakujushi Bank, Ltd., Asset Management Arm and Yukimasa Suda as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 3.6% and 3.0%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our analysis suggests that the top 2 shareholders collectively control 53% of the company’s shares, implying that they have considerable power to influence the company’s decisions.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 KG Intelligence

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of KG Intelligence CO., LTD.. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own JP¥916m worth of shares in the JP¥1.6b company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 33% stake in 2408. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

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. Take risks, for example – KG Intelligence has 4 warning signs (and 1 which is a bit concerning) we think you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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