Could The Second Chance Properties Ltd (SGX:528) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 25, 2020
SGX:528

A look at the shareholders of Second Chance Properties Ltd (SGX:528) can tell us which group is most powerful. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.

Second Chance Properties is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of S$136m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Second Chance Properties.

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SGX:528 Ownership Breakdown November 25th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Second Chance Properties?

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 could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don't attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Second Chance Properties' earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors -- or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

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SGX:528 Earnings and Revenue Growth November 25th 2020

Hedge funds don't have many shares in Second Chance Properties. The company's CEO Mohamed Salleh Marican is the largest shareholder with 68% of shares outstanding. With such a huge stake, we infer that they have significant control of the future of the company. It's usually considered a good sign when insiders own a significant number of shares in the company, and in this case, we're glad to see a company insider with such skin in the game. Radiah Binte Mohamed Salleh Maricar is the second largest shareholder owning 4.8% of common stock, and Sofia Maricar holds about 2.3% of the company stock.

While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock's expected performance. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Second Chance Properties

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. 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.

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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Second Chance Properties Ltd. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own S$112m worth of shares in the S$136m company. That's quite meaningful. Most would argue this is a positive, showing strong alignment with shareholders. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 17% stake in Second Chance Properties. 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:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Be aware that Second Chance Properties is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis , and 1 of those can't be ignored...

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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