What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:RETO)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 09, 2020
NasdaqCM:RETO

A look at the shareholders of ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:RETO) 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.

ReTo Eco-Solutions is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$17m, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions are not on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about ReTo Eco-Solutions.

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NasdaqCM:RETO Ownership Summary, March 9th 2020
NasdaqCM:RETO Ownership Summary, March 9th 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ReTo Eco-Solutions?

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

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. On the other hand, it's always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don't think it's the best place for their money. ReTo Eco-Solutions might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

NasdaqCM:RETO Income Statement, March 9th 2020
NasdaqCM:RETO Income Statement, March 9th 2020

ReTo Eco-Solutions is not owned by hedge funds. The company's largest shareholder is Great Deal International Development Limited, with ownership of 17%, Next, we have Good Venture Industrial Limited and Hao Guan as the second and third largest shareholders, holding 7.6% and 7.1%, of the shares outstanding, respectively.

Our studies suggest that the top 9 shareholders collectively control less than 50% of the company's shares, meaning that the company's shares are widely disseminated and there is no dominant shareholder.

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. 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 ReTo Eco-Solutions

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. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

I can report that insiders do own shares in ReTo Eco-Solutions, Inc.. It has a market capitalization of just US$17m, and insiders have US$1.3m 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, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 68% stake in RETO, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This level of ownership gives retail investors the power to sway key policy decisions such as board composition, executive compensation, and the dividend payout ratio.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 24%, of the shares on issue. It's hard to draw any conclusions from this fact alone, so its worth looking into who owns those private companies. Sometimes insiders or other related parties have an interest in shares in a public company through a separate private 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. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 2 warning signs with ReTo Eco-Solutions , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free 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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