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Is Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company Limited's (HKG:419) Shareholder Ownership Skewed Towards Insiders?

Simply Wall St ·  08/11 07:00

The big shareholder groups in Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company Limited (HKG:419) have power over the company. 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.

Huayi Tencent Entertainment is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$2.9b, which means it wouldn't have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it seems that institutional investors have not yet purchased shares. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about Huayi Tencent Entertainment.

View our latest analysis for Huayi Tencent Entertainment

ownership-breakdownSEHK:419 Ownership Breakdown August 10th 2022

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Huayi Tencent Entertainment?

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 multiple explanations for why institutions don't own a stock. The most common is that the company is too small relative to funds under management, so the institution does not bother to look closely at the company. It is also possible that fund managers don't own the stock because they aren't convinced it will perform well. Huayi Tencent Entertainment might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

earnings-and-revenue-growthSEHK:419 Earnings and Revenue Growth August 10th 2022

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Huayi Tencent Entertainment. With a 18% stake, CEO Hoi Po Yuen is the largest shareholder. With 16% and 9.3% of the shares outstanding respectively, Tencent Holdings Limited and Chun-Shun Ko are the second and third largest shareholders.

A deeper look at our ownership data shows that the top 6 shareholders collectively hold less than half of the register, suggesting a large group of small holders where no single shareholder has a majority.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 Huayi Tencent Entertainment

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 most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of Huayi Tencent Entertainment Company Limited. Insiders have a HK$769m stake in this HK$2.9b business. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a substantial 53% stake in Huayi Tencent Entertainment, suggesting it is a fairly popular stock. This size of ownership gives investors from the general public some collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 21% of Huayi Tencent Entertainment stock. It's hard to say for sure but this suggests they have entwined business interests. This might be a strategic stake, so it's worth watching this space for changes in ownership.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand Huayi Tencent Entertainment better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this 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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