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While insiders own 24% of ISEC Healthcare Ltd. (Catalist:40T), public companies are its largest shareholders with 53% ownership

Key Insights

  • Significant control over ISEC Healthcare by public companies implies that the general public has more power to influence management and governance-related decisions

  • The largest shareholder of the company is Aier Eye Hospital Group Co., Ltd. with a 53% stake

  • Insiders own 24% of ISEC Healthcare

To get a sense of who is truly in control of ISEC Healthcare Ltd. (Catalist:40T), it is important to understand the ownership structure of the business. With 53% stake, public companies possess the maximum shares in the company. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

Individual insiders, on the other hand, account for 24% of the company's stockholders. Institutions will often hold stock in bigger companies, and we expect to see insiders owning a noticeable percentage of the smaller ones.

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In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of ISEC Healthcare.

View our latest analysis for ISEC Healthcare

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What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About ISEC Healthcare?

Institutional investors often avoid companies that are too small, too illiquid or too risky for their tastes. But it's unusual to see larger companies without any institutional investors.

There could be various reasons why no institutions own shares in a company. Typically, small, newly listed companies don't attract much attention from fund managers, because it would not be possible for large fund managers to build a meaningful position in the company. It is also possible that fund managers don't own the stock because they aren't convinced it will perform well. ISEC Healthcare might not have the sort of past performance institutions are looking for, or perhaps they simply have not studied the business closely.

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Hedge funds don't have many shares in ISEC Healthcare. Aier Eye Hospital Group Co., Ltd. is currently the company's largest shareholder with 53% of shares outstanding. With such a huge stake in the ownership, we infer that they have significant control of the future of the company. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 7.5% and 4.8% of the stock. Hung Ming Lee, who is the second-largest shareholder, also happens to hold the title of Senior Key Executive.

Researching institutional ownership is a good way to gauge and filter a stock's expected performance. The same can be achieved by studying analyst sentiments. As far as we can tell there isn't analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

Insider Ownership Of ISEC Healthcare

While the precise definition of an insider can be subjective, almost everyone considers board members to be insiders. Company management run the business, but the CEO will answer to the board, even if he or she is a member of it.

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 ISEC Healthcare Ltd.. Insiders own S$56m worth of shares in the S$235m company. This may suggest that the founders still own a lot of shares. You can click here to see if they have been buying or selling.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 23% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. This size of ownership, while considerable, may not be enough to change company policy if the decision is not in sync with other large shareholders.

Public Company Ownership

Public companies currently own 53% of ISEC Healthcare stock. We can't be certain but it is quite possible this is a strategic stake. The businesses may be similar, or work together.

Next Steps:

It's always worth thinking about the different groups who own shares in a company. But to understand ISEC Healthcare better, we need to consider many other factors. Take risks for example - ISEC Healthcare has 2 warning signs (and 1 which is potentially serious) we think you should know about.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this 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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