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Insiders own 34% of Aspial Corporation Limited (SGX:A30) shares but private companies control 54% of the company

Key Insights

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

  • MLHS Holdings Pte Ltd. owns 54% of the company

  • Insiders own 34% of Aspial

If you want to know who really controls Aspial Corporation Limited (SGX:A30), then you'll have to look at the makeup of its share registry. We can see that private companies own the lion's share in the company with 54% ownership. In other words, the group stands to gain the most (or lose the most) from their investment into the company.

And individual insiders on the other hand have a 34% ownership in the company. Generally speaking, as a company grows, institutions will increase their ownership. Conversely, insiders often decrease their ownership over time.

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

View our latest analysis for Aspial

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What Does The Lack Of Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Aspial?

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. Alternatively, there might be something about the company that has kept institutional investors away. Institutional investors may not find the historic growth of the business impressive, or there might be other factors at play. You can see the past revenue performance of Aspial, for yourself, below.

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Aspial is not owned by hedge funds. The company's largest shareholder is MLHS Holdings Pte Ltd., with ownership of 54%. This implies that they have majority interest control of the future of the company. With 19% and 4.9% of the shares outstanding respectively, Wee Seng Koh and Soo Lung Tan are the second and third largest shareholders. Wee Seng Koh, who is the second-largest shareholder, also happens to hold the title of Chief Executive Officer.

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. Our information suggests that there isn't any analyst coverage of the stock, so it is probably little known.

Insider Ownership Of Aspial

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.

Most consider insider ownership a positive because it can indicate the board is well aligned with other shareholders. However, on some occasions too much power is concentrated within this group.

Our information suggests that insiders maintain a significant holding in Aspial Corporation Limited. Insiders have a S$50m stake in this S$149m business. It is great to see insiders so invested in the business. It might be worth checking if those insiders have been buying recently.

General Public Ownership

The general public-- including retail investors -- own 12% stake in the company, and hence can't easily be ignored. While this group can't necessarily call the shots, it can certainly have a real influence on how the company is run.

Private Company Ownership

It seems that Private Companies own 54%, of the Aspial stock. It might be worth looking deeper into this. If related parties, such as insiders, have an interest in one of these private companies, that should be disclosed in the annual report. Private companies may also have a strategic interest in the company.

Next Steps:

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 3 warning signs with Aspial (at least 2 which are concerning) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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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