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What Type Of Shareholder Owns Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited’s (HKG:444)?

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If you want to know who really controls Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited (HKG:444), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones. 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.’

With a market capitalization of HK$411m, Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) is a small cap stock, so it might not be well known by many institutional investors. Our analysis of the ownership of the company, below, shows that institutions are not really that prevalent on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about 444.

See our latest analysis for Sincere Watch (Hong Kong)

SEHK:444 Ownership Summary, February 28th 2019

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Sincere Watch (Hong Kong)?

Small companies that are not very actively traded often lack institutional investors, but it’s less common to see large companies without them.

There are many reasons why a company might not have any institutions on the share registry. It may be hard for institutions to buy large amounts of shares, if liquidity (the amount of shares traded each day) is low. If the company has not needed to raise capital, institutions might lack the opportunity to build a position. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong), for yourself, below.

SEHK:444 Income Statement, February 28th 2019

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in Sincere Watch (Hong Kong). Our information suggests that there isn’t any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong)

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders own more than half of Sincere Watch (Hong Kong) Limited. This gives them effective control of the company. That means they own HK$238m worth of shares in the HK$411m company. That’s quite meaningful. Most would be pleased to see the board is investing alongside them. You may wish todiscover (for free) if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

With a 41% ownership, the general public have some degree of sway over 444. While this group can’t necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Next Steps:

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

Many find it useful to take an in depth look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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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