It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell HRL Holdings Limited (ASX:HRL), 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.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At HRL Holdings
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Non-Executive Chairman Gregory Kilmister bought AU$70k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.12 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being AU$0.10). It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for 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 HRL Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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Insider Ownership of HRL Holdings
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that HRL Holdings insiders own 9.5% of the company, worth about AU$4.9m. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.
What Might The Insider Transactions At HRL Holdings Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no HRL Holdings insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if HRL Holdings insiders bought more shares in the company. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it’s beneficial to identify the risks facing HRL Holdings. While conducting our analysis, we found that HRL Holdings has 1 warning sign and it would be unwise to ignore this.
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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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