Do Insiders Own Lots Of Shares In China Nuclear Energy Technology Corporation Limited (HKG:611)?

Renee Allred

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If you want to know who really controls China Nuclear Energy Technology Corporation Limited (HKG:611), 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. 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.

China Nuclear Energy Technology is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of HK$945m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. In the chart below below, we can see that institutional investors have not yet purchased much of the company. Let’s take a closer look to see what the different types of shareholder can tell us about 611.

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SEHK:611 Ownership Summary February 7th 19

What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About China Nuclear Energy Technology?

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. On the other hand, it’s always possible that professional investors are avoiding a company because they don’t think it’s the best place for their money. China Nuclear Energy Technology might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

SEHK:611 Income Statement Export February 7th 19

Hedge funds don’t have many shares in China Nuclear Energy Technology. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of China Nuclear Energy Technology

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.

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.

Our most recent data indicates that insiders own a reasonable proportion of China Nuclear Energy Technology Corporation Limited. It has a market capitalization of just HK$945m, and insiders have HK$112m worth of shares in their own names. I would say this shows alignment with shareholders, but it is worth noting that the company is still quite small; some insiders may have founded the business. You can click here to see if those insiders have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public, who are mostly retail investors, collectively hold 61% of China Nuclear Energy Technology shares. This size of ownership gives retail investors collective power. They can and probably do influence decisions on executive compensation, dividend policies and proposed business acquisitions.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 27%, private equity firms could influence the 611 board. Some investors might be encouraged by this, since private equity are sometimes able to encourage strategies that help the market see the value in the company. Alternatively, those holders might be exiting the investment after taking it public.

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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.

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