How Much Are Phoslock Environmental Technologies Limited (ASX:PET) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Phoslock Environmental Technologies Limited (ASX:PET).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Phoslock Environmental Technologies

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Non-Executive Deputy Chairman, Zhigang Zhang, for AU$2.3m worth of shares, at about AU$0.76 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (AU$0.82). We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 11.2% of Zhigang Zhang’s holding.

In total, Phoslock Environmental Technologies insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. 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!

ASX:PET Recent Insider Trading, June 19th 2019
ASX:PET Recent Insider Trading, June 19th 2019

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Insiders at Phoslock Environmental Technologies Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Phoslock Environmental Technologies. Specifically, insiders ditched AU$2.7m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Phoslock Environmental Technologies

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Phoslock Environmental Technologies insiders own about AU$124m worth of shares. That equates to 27% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Phoslock Environmental Technologies Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn’t give us much comfort. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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

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