What You Need To Know About Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group Limited's (NASDAQ:AIH) Investor Composition

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Published
March 19, 2021
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If you want to know who really controls Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group Limited (NASDAQ:AIH), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. I generally like to see some degree of insider ownership, even if only a little. As Nassim Nicholas Taleb said, 'Don’t tell me what you think, tell me what you have in your portfolio.

With a market capitalization of US$177m, Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group 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. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group.

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NasdaqGM:AIH Ownership Breakdown March 20th 2021

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it's unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

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. Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

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NasdaqGM:AIH Earnings and Revenue Growth March 20th 2021

Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group is not owned by hedge funds. Our data shows that Seefar Global Holdings Limited is the largest shareholder with 23% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are ADV Partners and Jubilee Set Investments Limited, with an equal amount of shares to their name at 22%. Additionally, the company's CEO Pengwu Zhou directly holds 8.4% of the total shares outstanding.

A more detailed study of the shareholder registry showed us that 3 of the top shareholders have a considerable amount of ownership in the company, via their 67% stake.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. There is a little analyst coverage of the stock, but not much. So there is room for it to gain more coverage.

Insider Ownership Of Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group Limited. It has a market capitalization of just US$177m, and insiders have US$15m worth of shares, in their own names. Some would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board, though I generally prefer to see bigger insider holdings. But it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public holds a 12% stake in Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Equity Ownership

With an ownership of 30%, private equity firms are in a position to play a role in shaping corporate strategy with a focus on value creation. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and -- as the name suggests -- don't invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 49%, of the Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group stock. 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:

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. To that end, you should be aware of the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Aesthetic Medical International Holdings Group .

Ultimately the future is most important. You can access this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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