We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell DataDot Technology Limited (ASX:DDT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.
DataDot Technology Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by MD & Director Bradley Kellas for AU$144k worth of shares, at about AU$0.0049 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of AU$0.006. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today’s share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. The good news for DataDot Technology share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. Bradley Kellas was the only individual insider to buy over the year.
Bradley Kellas bought 72936790 shares over the last 12 months at an average price of AU$0.0025. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 30% of DataDot Technology shares, worth about AU$1.5m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About DataDot Technology Insiders?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded DataDot Technology shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in DataDot Technology and their transactions don’t cause us concern. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free.
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