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What Kind Of Shareholder Appears On The China XD Plastics Company Limited’s (NASDAQ:CXDC) Shareholder Register?

Brandon Murphy

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Every investor in China XD Plastics Company Limited (NASDAQ:CXDC) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. 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.’

China XD Plastics is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$130m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutional investors have bought into the company. Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner, to discover more about CXDC.

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NasdaqGM:CXDC Ownership Summary, February 19th 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About China XD Plastics?

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.

China XD Plastics already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 8.8% 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. 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 China XD Plastics’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NasdaqGM:CXDC Income Statement, February 19th 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in China XD Plastics. Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of China XD Plastics

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. 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.

It seems that insiders own more than half the China XD Plastics Company Limited stock. This gives them a lot of power. Given it has a market cap of US$130m, that means they have US$85m 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

The general public holds a 26% stake in CXDC. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

It’s always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand China XD Plastics better, we need to consider many other factors.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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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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