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Guangshen Railway Company Limited's (HKG:525) Stock Price Dropped 6.7% Last Week; Individual Investors Would Not Be Happy

Simply Wall St ·  {{timeTz}}

A look at the shareholders of Guangshen Railway Company Limited (HKG:525) can tell us which group is most powerful. We can see that individual investors own the lion's share in the company with 46% ownership. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

As market cap fell to HK$14b last week, individual investors would have faced the highest losses than any other shareholder groups of the company.

In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of Guangshen Railway.

See our latest analysis for Guangshen Railway

ownership-breakdownSEHK:525 Ownership Breakdown September 26th 2022

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Guangshen Railway?

Institutional investors commonly compare their own returns to the returns of a commonly followed index. So they generally do consider buying larger companies that are included in the relevant benchmark index.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Guangshen Railway. This implies the analysts working for those institutions have looked at the stock and they like it. But just like anyone else, they could be wrong. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Guangshen Railway, (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

earnings-and-revenue-growthSEHK:525 Earnings and Revenue Growth September 26th 2022

Guangshen Railway is not owned by hedge funds. Guangzhou-Zhuhai Railway Company Limited is currently the largest shareholder, with 37% of shares outstanding. With 2.4% and 1.8% of the shares outstanding respectively, Pacific Asset Management Co., Ltd. and Kopernik Global Investors, LLC are the second and third largest shareholders.

Looking at the shareholder registry, we can see that 50% of the ownership is controlled by the top 14 shareholders, meaning that no single shareholder has a majority interest in the ownership.

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. There are plenty of analysts covering the stock, so it might be worth seeing what they are forecasting, too.

Insider Ownership Of Guangshen Railway

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.

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.

We can see that insiders own shares in Guangshen Railway Company Limited. This is a big company, so it is good to see this level of alignment. Insiders own HK$559m worth of shares (at current prices). Most would say this shows alignment of interests between shareholders and the board. Still, it might be worth checking if those insiders have been selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 46% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over Guangshen Railway. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

We can see that Private Companies own 38%, 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:

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

I always like to check for a history of revenue growth. You can too, by accessing this free chart of historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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