What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Datasea Inc. (NASDAQ:DTSS)?

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A look at the shareholders of Datasea Inc. (NASDAQ:DTSS) 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.’

Datasea is a smaller company with a market capitalization of US$39m, so it may still be flying under the radar of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions don’t own shares in the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about DTSS.

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NasdaqCM:DTSS Ownership Summary, June 12th 2019
NasdaqCM:DTSS Ownership Summary, June 12th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Datasea?

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. 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. Datasea might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

NasdaqCM:DTSS Income Statement, June 12th 2019
NasdaqCM:DTSS Income Statement, June 12th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Datasea. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of Datasea

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.

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 Datasea Inc.. This gives them effective control of the company. Given it has a market cap of US$39m, that means they have US$28m worth of shares. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public, with a 28% stake in the company, will not easily be ignored. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

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

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