Could The Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (NYSE:XIN) Ownership Structure Tell Us Something Useful?

Every investor in Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. (NYSE:XIN) should be aware of the most powerful shareholder groups. 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.

Xinyuan Real Estate is not a large company by global standards. It has a market capitalization of US$291m, which means it wouldn’t have the attention of many institutional investors. Taking a look at our data on the ownership groups (below), it’s seems that institutions are noticeable on the share registry. We can zoom in on the different ownership groups, to learn more about XIN.

NYSE:XIN Ownership Summary, April 23rd 2019

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.

Xinyuan Real Estate already has institutions on the share registry. Indeed, they own 5.1% of the company. This can indicate that the company has a certain degree of credibility in the investment community. However, it is best to be wary of relying on the supposed validation that comes with institutional investors. They too, get it wrong sometimes. If multiple institutions change their view on a stock at the same time, you could see the share price drop fast. It’s therefore worth looking at Xinyuan Real Estate’s earnings history, below. Of course, the future is what really matters.

NYSE:XIN Income Statement, April 23rd 2019

We note that hedge funds don’t have a meaningful investment in Xinyuan Real Estate. As far I can tell there isn’t analyst coverage of the company, so it is probably flying under the radar.

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. 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.

It seems insiders own a significant proportion of Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd.. Insiders own US$131m worth of shares in the US$291m 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.

The general public holds a 43% stake in XIN. 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.

Private equity firms hold a 6.7% stake in XIN. This suggests they can be influential in key policy decisions. Sometimes we see private equity stick around for the long term, but generally speaking they have a shorter investment horizon and — as the name suggests — don’t invest in public companies much. After some time they may look to sell and redeploy capital elsewhere.

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.

I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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