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What Kind Of Investor Owns Most Of Silk Road Logistics Holdings Limited (HKG:988)?


Every investor in Silk Road Logistics Holdings Limited (HKG:988) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it’s not unusual to see insiders own a fair bit of smaller companies. We also tend to see lower insider ownership in companies that were previously publicly owned.

With a market capitalization of HK$143m, Silk Road Logistics Holdings 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 own shares in the company. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Silk Road Logistics Holdings.

View our latest analysis for Silk Road Logistics Holdings

SEHK:988 Ownership Summary, February 14th 2020
SEHK:988 Ownership Summary, February 14th 2020

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Silk Road Logistics Holdings?

Institutions typically measure themselves against a benchmark when reporting to their own investors, so they often become more enthusiastic about a stock once it’s included in a major index. We would expect most companies to have some institutions on the register, especially if they are growing.

Silk Road Logistics Holdings already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 30% of the company. This suggests some credibility amongst professional investors. But we can’t rely on that fact alone, since institutions make bad investments sometimes, just like everyone does. When multiple institutions own a stock, there’s always a risk that they are in a ‘crowded trade’. When such a trade goes wrong, multiple parties may compete to sell stock fast. This risk is higher in a company without a history of growth. You can see Silk Road Logistics Holdings’s historic earnings and revenue, below, but keep in mind there’s always more to the story.

SEHK:988 Income Statement, February 14th 2020
SEHK:988 Income Statement, February 14th 2020

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Silk Road Logistics Holdings. China Huarong Asset Management Co., Ltd., Asset Management Arm is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 30% of shares outstanding. The second and third largest shareholders are Tewoo Group Co., Ltd. and Jianjun Cai, holding 7.7% and 0.2%, respectively. Jianjun Cai also happens to hold the title of Chairman of the Board.

On studying our ownership data, we found that 6 of the top shareholders collectively own less than 50% of the share register, implying that no single individual has a majority interest.

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. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Silk Road Logistics Holdings

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. The company management answer to the board; and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board, themselves.

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own less than 1% of Silk Road Logistics Holdings Limited. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. It seems the board members have no more than HK$398k worth of shares in the HK$143m company. Many investors in smaller companies prefer to see the board more heavily invested. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, mostly retail investors, hold a substantial 62% stake in 988, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 7.7%, of the 988 stock. 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:

While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider risks, for instance. Every company has them, and we’ve spotted 3 warning signs for Silk Road Logistics Holdings you should know about.

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.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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