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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. 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 Veris Limited (ASX:VRS).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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.’
Veris Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Non-Executive Director Thomas Lawrence for AU$360k worth of shares, at about AU$0.09 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$0.066. 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. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 10.7m shares worth AU$1.1m. In the last twelve months Veris insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about AU$0.10 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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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Veris Insiders Bought Stock Recently
It’s good to see that Veris insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. In total, insiders bought AU$127k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. That shows some optimism about the company’s future.
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. Veris insiders own about AU$6.0m worth of shares. That equates to 25% 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.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Veris Tell Us?
It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Veris we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Veris.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.
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