How Much Are Abcam plc (LON:ABC) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Abcam plc (LON:ABC).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Abcam Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Co-Founder & Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, Jonathan Milner, sold UK£17m worth of shares at a price of UK£14.41 per share. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (UK£11.16). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. Notably Jonathan Milner was also the biggest buyer, having purchased UK£2.3m worth of shares.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 209k shares for UK£2.3m. On the other hand they divested 1.2m shares, for UK£17m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Abcam than they bought, over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

AIM:ABC Recent Insider Trading, September 11th 2019
AIM:ABC Recent Insider Trading, September 11th 2019

Does Abcam Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that Abcam insiders own 9.8% of the company, worth about UK£223m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Abcam Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Abcam, we can’t say the same about the selling of shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Abcam, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Abcam may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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