What Kind Of Shareholders Own CapitaLand Retail China Trust (SGX:AU8U)?

Every investor in CapitaLand Retail China Trust (SGX:AU8U) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Large companies usually have institutions as shareholders, and we usually see insiders owning shares in smaller companies. Companies that have been privatized tend to have low insider ownership.

With a market capitalization of S$1.3b, CapitaLand Retail China Trust is a decent size, so it is probably on the radar of institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have bought into the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about AU8U.

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SGX:AU8U Ownership Summary October 31st 18
SGX:AU8U Ownership Summary October 31st 18

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About CapitaLand Retail China Trust?

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.

CapitaLand Retail China Trust already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 45% of the company. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. 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 CapitaLand Retail China Trust’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SGX:AU8U Income Statement Export October 31st 18
SGX:AU8U Income Statement Export October 31st 18

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in CapitaLand Retail China Trust. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of CapitaLand Retail China Trust

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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 CapitaLand Retail China Trust insiders own under 1% of the company. It appears that the board holds about S$5m worth of stock. This compares to a market capitalization of S$1.3b. Many tend to prefer to see a board with bigger shareholdings. A good next step might be to take a look at this free summary of insider buying and selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 35% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over AU8U. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 20% of AU8U stock. We can’t be certain, but this is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand CapitaLand Retail China Trust better, we need to consider many other factors.

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow of shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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