- Able View's significant insider ownership suggests inherent interests in company's expansion
- Jian Zhu owns 59% of the company
- Using data from company's past performance alongside ownership research, one can better assess the future performance of a company
Every investor in Able View Inc. (NASDAQ:ABLV) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. And the group that holds the biggest piece of the pie are individual insiders with 59% ownership. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).
And following last week's 30% decline in share price, insiders suffered the most losses.
Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Able View.
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What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Able View?
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 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. Able View might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.
Able View is not owned by hedge funds. Jian Zhu is currently the largest shareholder, with 59% of shares outstanding. This essentially means that they have extensive influence, if not outright control, over the future of the corporation. With an ownership of 13%, the second largest shareholder is Smartest Star Investing Co Ltd
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. 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 Able View
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 the majority of Able View Inc.. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. Given it has a market cap of US$127m, that means they have US$75m 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
With a 28% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over Able View. 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 13%, of the shares on issue. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.
I find it very interesting to look at who exactly owns a company. But to truly gain insight, we need to consider other information, too. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We've identified 5 warning signs with Able View (at least 4 which are significant) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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