Meitu, Inc. (HKG:1357) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Meitu, Inc. (HKG:1357).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Meitu Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Executive Chairman Wensheng Cai made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for HK$17m worth of shares at a price of HK$3.31 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of HK$2.51. 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. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. 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$31m for 7.3m shares purchased. Meitu may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. Their average price was about HK$4.25. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

SEHK:1357 Recent Insider Trading, June 17th 2019
SEHK:1357 Recent Insider Trading, June 17th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Meitu insiders own 42% of the company, currently worth about HK$4.5b based on the recent share price. 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 Meitu Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Meitu insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Meitu insiders feel good about the company’s future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Meitu.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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