Have Insiders Been Buying EQT Holdings Limited (ASX:EQT) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in EQT Holdings Limited (ASX:EQT).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At EQT Holdings

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Kevin Eley bought AU$143k worth of shares at a price of AU$22.30 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 12.56k shares worth AU$285k. In total, EQT Holdings insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around AU$22.73. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (AU$27.60). 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:EQT Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019
ASX:EQT Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019

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EQT Holdings Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There was some insider buying at EQT Holdings over the last quarter. Non Executive Director Timothy Edward Hammon purchased AU$49k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn’t enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Does EQT Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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. It appears that EQT Holdings insiders own 4.1% of the company, worth about AU$24m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About EQT Holdings Insiders?

We note a that there has been a tad more insider buying than selling, recently. But the net investment is not enough to encourage us much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in EQT Holdings and their transactions don’t cause us concern. 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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