We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Liontown Resources Limited (ASX:LTR).
What Is Insider Selling?
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.
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. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Liontown Resources
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Non-Executive Chairman Timothy Rupert Goyder bought AU$905k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.02 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of AU$0.092. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn’t tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.
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!
There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Liontown Resources insiders own about AU$33m worth of shares. That equates to 23% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Liontown Resources Insiders?
It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Liontown Resources insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Liontown Resources is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
But note: Liontown Resources 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.
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