Significant insider control over Huadi International Group implies vested interests in company growth
The largest shareholder of the company is Di Wang with a 59% stake
Ownership research, combined with past performance data can help provide a good understanding of opportunities in a stock
If you want to know who really controls Huadi International Group Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:HUDI), then you’ll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. We can see that individual insiders own the lion’s share in the company with 70% ownership. Put another way, the group faces the maximum upside potential (or downside risk).
As a result, insiders scored the highest last week as the company hit US$188m market cap following a 356% gain in the stock.
Let’s delve deeper into each type of owner of Huadi International Group, beginning with the chart below.
What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Huadi International Group?
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 Huadi International Group 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. So if the company itself can improve over time, we may well see more institutional buyers in the future. It is not uncommon to see a big share price rise if multiple institutional investors are trying to buy into a stock at the same time. So check out the historic earnings trajectory, below, but keep in mind it’s the future that counts most.
We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Huadi International Group. Di Wang is currently the company’s largest shareholder with 59% of shares outstanding. This essentially means that they have extensive influence, if not outright control, over the future of the corporation. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 12% and 2.0% of the stock.
While studying institutional ownership for a company can add value to your research, it is also a good practice to research analyst recommendations to get a deeper understand of a stock’s expected performance. 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 Huadi International Group
While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. 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 information suggests that insiders own more than half of Huadi International Group Co., Ltd.. This gives them effective control of the company. So they have a US$132m stake in this US$188m business. It is good to see this level of investment. You can check here to see if those insiders have been buying recently.
General Public Ownership
The general public– including retail investors — own 26% stake in the company, and hence can’t easily be ignored. 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.
While it is well worth considering the different groups that own a company, there are other factors that are even more important. Consider for instance, the ever-present spectre of investment risk. We’ve identified 4 warning signs with Huadi International Group (at least 2 which don’t sit too well with us) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
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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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