Do Directors Own Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME) Shares?

The big shareholder groups in Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd. (NASDAQ:PME) have power over the company. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. 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.’

Pingtan Marine Enterprise is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$179m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about PME.

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NasdaqCM:PME Ownership Summary, April 23rd 2019
NasdaqCM:PME Ownership Summary, April 23rd 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Pingtan Marine Enterprise?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

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. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Pingtan Marine Enterprise’s earnings and revenue track record (below) may not be compelling to institutional investors — or they simply might not have looked at the business closely.

NasdaqCM:PME Income Statement, April 23rd 2019
NasdaqCM:PME Income Statement, April 23rd 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Pingtan Marine Enterprise. There is some analyst coverage of the stock, but it could still become more well known, with time.

Insider Ownership Of Pingtan Marine Enterprise

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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Pingtan Marine Enterprise Ltd.. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own US$103m worth of shares in the US$179m 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

With a 42% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over PME. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

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

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 .

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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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