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Why MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation’s (MX) Investor Composition Impacts Your Returns

Lee Kay

In this article, I will take a quick look at MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation’s (NYSE:MX) recent ownership structure – an unconventional investing subject, but an important one. Ownership structure has been found to have an impact on shareholder returns in both short- and long-term. Since the effect of an active institutional investor with a similar ownership as a passive pension-fund can be vastly different on a company’s corporate governance and accountability of shareholders, investors should take a closer look at MX’s shareholder registry. All data provided is as of the most recent financial year end.

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NYSE:MX Ownership Summary Nov 24th 17

Institutional Ownership

Institutions account for 78.79% of MX’s outstanding shares, a significant enough holding to move stock prices if they start buying and selling in large quantities, especially when there are relatively small amounts of shares available on the market to trade. These moves, at least in the short-term, are generally observed in an institutional ownership mix comprising of active stock pickers, in particular levered hedge funds, which can cause large price swings. Hedge funds, considered active investors, hold a 22.62% stake in the company, which may be the cause of high short-term volatility in the stock price. But I also examine other ownership types and their potential impact on MX’s investment case.

Insider Ownership

Insiders form another group of important ownership types as they manage the company’s operations and decide the best use of capital. Insider ownership has been linked to better alignment between management and shareholders. MX insiders hold a not-so-significant 1.07% stake in the company, which somewhat aligns their interests with that of shareholders. However, a higher level of insider ownership has been linked to management executing on high-returning projects instead of expansion projects for the sake of apparent growth. I will also like to check what insiders have been doing recently with their holdings. Insider buying may be a sign of upbeat future expectations, however, selling doesn’t necessarily mean the opposite as insiders may be motivated by their personal financial needs.

What this means for you:

With significant institutional ownership, including active hedge, existing investors should seek a margin of safety when investing in MX. This will allow an investor to reduce the impact of non-fundamental factors, such as volatile block trading impact on their portfolio value. However, ownership structure should not be the only determining factor when you’re building an investment thesis for MX. Rather, you should be examining fundamental factors such as the intrinsic valuation, which is a key driver of MagnaChip Semiconductor’s share price. I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

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.
To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.