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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in A2B Australia Limited (ASX:A2B).
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Colombia 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’.
A2B Australia Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Non-Executive Director Clifford Rosenberg for AU$195k worth of shares, at about AU$1.76 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was at a lower price. The purchase might not be the best indicator of confidence in the current valuation.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 172.85k shares for a total of AU$309k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by A2B Australia insiders. Their average price was about AU$1.79. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (AU$2.20). You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insider Ownership of A2B Australia
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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 A2B Australia insiders own 1.7% of the company, worth about AU$4.5m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At A2B Australia Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no A2B Australia insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more A2B Australia stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in A2B Australia, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
But note: A2B Australia 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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