Do Insiders Own Shares In Takung Art Co., Ltd. (NYSEMKT:TKAT)?

Every investor in Takung Art Co., Ltd. (NYSEMKT:TKAT) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.

Takung Art is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$7.7m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below, we can see that institutions don’t own many shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about Takung Art.

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AMEX:TKAT Ownership Summary, January 22nd 2020
AMEX:TKAT Ownership Summary, January 22nd 2020

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Takung Art?

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 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. It is also possible that fund managers don’t own the stock because they aren’t convinced it will perform well. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Takung Art, for yourself, below.

AMEX:TKAT Income Statement, January 22nd 2020
AMEX:TKAT Income Statement, January 22nd 2020

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Takung Art. Looking at our data, we can see that the largest shareholder is Ngai Ma Hiu with 46% of shares outstanding. The second largest shareholder with 20%, is Hui Ngai Ma, followed by Chun Hin Chow, with an ownership of 0.6%.

Further, we found that the top 2 shareholders have a combined ownership of 66% in the company, meaning that they are powerful enough to influence the decisions of the company.

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. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Takung Art

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Takung Art Co., Ltd.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of US$7.7m, that means they have US$5.2m worth of shares. 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 32% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over TKAT. 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. For example, we’ve discovered 4 warning signs for Takung Art (2 are potentially serious!) that you should be aware of before investing here.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. Therefore, you may wish to see our free collection of interesting prospects boasting favorable financials.

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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