Read This Before Selling Vicinity Centres (ASX:VCX) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Vicinity Centres (ASX:VCX), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 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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Vicinity Centres Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Chairman (Leave of Absence) Peter Kahan made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$88k worth of shares at a price of AU$2.68 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$2.59. 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. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 98050 shares worth AU$260k. In the last twelve months Vicinity Centres insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

ASX:VCX Recent Insider Trading, September 2nd 2019
ASX:VCX Recent Insider Trading, September 2nd 2019

Vicinity Centres Insiders Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Vicinity Centres insider buying shares in the last three months. Independent Non-Executive Director Janette Kendall bought AU$30k worth of shares in that time. It’s great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership of Vicinity Centres

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Vicinity Centres insiders own about AU$39m worth of shares. That equates to 0.4% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Vicinity Centres Insider Transactions Indicate?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. Overall the buying isn’t worth writing home about. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Vicinity Centres insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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