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What Percentage Of Kowloon Development Company Limited (HKG:34) Shares Do Insiders Own?

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The big shareholder groups in Kowloon Development Company Limited (HKG:34) have power over the company. Insiders often own a large chunk of younger, smaller, companies while huge companies tend to have institutions as shareholders. Warren Buffett said that he likes 'a business with enduring competitive advantages that is run by able and owner-oriented people'. So it's nice to see some insider ownership, because it may suggest that management is owner-oriented.

Kowloon Development isn't enormous, but it's not particularly small either. It has a market capitalization of HK$11b, which means it would generally expect to see some institutions on the share registry. In the chart below below, we can see that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about 34.

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SEHK:34 Ownership Summary, August 31st 2019

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Kowloon Development?

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.

Less than 5% of Kowloon Development is held by institutional investors. This suggests that some funds have the company in their sights, but many have not yet bought shares in it. If the company is growing earnings, that may indicate that it is just beginning to catch the attention of these deep-pocketed investors. When multiple institutional investors want to buy shares, we often see a rising share price. The past revenue trajectory (shown below) can be an indication of future growth, but there are no guarantees.

SEHK:34 Income Statement, August 31st 2019

We note that hedge funds don't have a meaningful investment in Kowloon Development. 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 Kowloon Development

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. 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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Kowloon Development Company Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. Given it has a market cap of HK$11b, that means insiders have a whopping HK$7.8b worth of shares in their own names. 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

The general public holds a 27% stake in 34. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

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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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