Have Insiders Been Buying KWG Group Holdings Limited (HKG:1813) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 KWG Group Holdings Limited (HKG:1813), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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KWG Group Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Executive VP & Director Jian Nan Kong made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for HK$971m worth of shares at a price of HK$6.73 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of HK$6.24. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months insiders paid HK$1.1b for 162.5m shares purchased. In the last twelve months KWG Group Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

SEHK:1813 Recent Insider Trading, August 24th 2019
SEHK:1813 Recent Insider Trading, August 24th 2019

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. KWG Group Holdings insiders own about HK$2.8b worth of shares (which is 14% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Do The KWG Group Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like KWG Group Holdings insiders think the business has merit. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for KWG Group Holdings.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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