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Do Directors Own Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing Limited (HKG:2314) Shares?

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The big shareholder groups in Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing Limited (HKG:2314) have power over the company. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.'

Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of HK$18b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about 2314.

View our latest analysis for Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing

SEHK:2314 Ownership Summary, September 5th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing?

Many institutions measure their performance against an index that approximates the local market. So they usually pay more attention to companies that are included in major indices.

As you can see, institutional investors own 8.4% of Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing. 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. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It's therefore worth looking at Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing's earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

SEHK:2314 Income Statement, September 5th 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own the majority of Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing Limited. This means they can collectively make decisions for the company. That means insiders have a very meaningful HK$13b stake in this HK$18b business. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish to discover if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 20% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 2314. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

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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