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While private equity firms own 38% of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ:XNET), individual investors are its largest shareholders with 46% ownership

·4 min read

A look at the shareholders of Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ:XNET) can tell us which group is most powerful. With 46% stake, individual investors possess the maximum shares in the company. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

Meanwhile, private equity firms make up 38% of the company’s shareholders.

Let's take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholders can tell us about Xunlei.

Check out our latest analysis for Xunlei

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What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Xunlei?

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 have a fair amount of stake in Xunlei. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. 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 Xunlei's earnings history below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

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Xunlei is not owned by hedge funds. Xiaomi Ventures Limited is currently the largest shareholder, with 38% of shares outstanding. With 6.7% and 3.5% of the shares outstanding respectively, Sean Zou and Morgan Stanley, Investment Banking and Brokerage Investments are the second and third largest shareholders. Sean Zou, who is the second-largest shareholder, also happens to hold the title of Top Key Executive.

On looking further, we found that 50% of the shares are owned by the top 5 shareholders. In other words, these shareholders have a meaningful say in the decisions of the company.

While it makes sense to study institutional ownership data for a company, it also makes sense to study analyst sentiments to know which way the wind is blowing. 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 Xunlei

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.

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 some shares in Xunlei Limited. As individuals, the insiders collectively own US$6.9m worth of the US$103m company. It is good to see some investment by insiders, but we usually like to see higher insider holdings. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are usually individual investors, hold a 46% stake in Xunlei. While this size of ownership may not be enough to sway a policy decision in their favour, they can still make a collective impact on company policies.

Private Equity Ownership

Private equity firms hold a 38% stake in Xunlei. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and -- as the name suggests -- don't invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

Next Steps:

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. Take risks for example - Xunlei has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

Of course this may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free 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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