Liang Changlin Dingdong (Cayman) Limited's (NYSE:DDL) CEO is the most bullish insider, and their stock value gained 23%last week

Dingdong (Cayman) Limited +3.78%

Dingdong (Cayman) Limited




Key Insights

A look at the shareholders of Dingdong (Cayman) Limited (NYSE:DDL) can tell us which group is most powerful. The group holding the most number of shares in the company, around 29% to be precise, is individual insiders. That is, the group stands to benefit the most if the stock rises (or lose the most if there is a downturn).

As a result, insiders were the biggest beneficiaries of last week’s 23% gain.

In the chart below, we zoom in on the different ownership groups of Dingdong (Cayman).

Check out our latest analysis for Dingdong (Cayman)

NYSE:DDL Ownership Breakdown January 30th 2024

What Does The Institutional Ownership Tell Us About Dingdong (Cayman)?

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.

As you can see, institutional investors have a fair amount of stake in Dingdong (Cayman). 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. It is not uncommon to see a big share price drop if two large institutional investors try to sell out of a stock at the same time. So it is worth checking the past earnings trajectory of Dingdong (Cayman), (below). Of course, keep in mind that there are other factors to consider, too.

NYSE:DDL Earnings and Revenue Growth January 30th 2024

Dingdong (Cayman) is not owned by hedge funds. With a 28% stake, CEO Liang Changlin is the largest shareholder. In comparison, the second and third largest shareholders hold about 6.4% and 6.0% of the stock.

To make our study more interesting, we found that the top 5 shareholders control more than half of the company which implies that this group has considerable sway over the company's decision-making.

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. There are a reasonable number of analysts covering the stock, so it might be useful to find out their aggregate view on the future.

Insider Ownership Of Dingdong (Cayman)

The definition of an insider can differ slightly between different countries, but members of the board of directors always count. The company management answer to the board and the latter should represent the interests of shareholders. Notably, sometimes top-level managers are on the board themselves.

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 Dingdong (Cayman) Limited. Insiders have a US$81m stake in this US$281m 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

With a 26% ownership, the general public, mostly comprising of individual investors, have some degree of sway over Dingdong (Cayman). 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.

Private Equity Ownership

With a stake of 29%, private equity firms could influence the Dingdong (Cayman) board. Some might like this, because private equity are sometimes activists who hold management accountable. But other times, private equity is selling out, having taking the company public.

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 1 warning sign with Dingdong (Cayman) , and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

But ultimately it is the future, not the past, that will determine how well the owners of this business will do. Therefore we think it advisable to take a look at this free report showing whether analysts are predicting a brighter future.

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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