How Much Are Tassal Group Limited (ASX:TGR) 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 Tassal Group Limited (ASX:TGR).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 Tassal Group

The MD, CEO & Director, Mark Ryan, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$964k worth of shares at a price of AU$4.82 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of AU$4.74. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive). Mark Ryan was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 85992 shares for AU$372k. But insiders sold 200k shares worth AU$964k. 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!

ASX:TGR Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019
ASX:TGR Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019

I will like Tassal Group better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insiders at Tassal Group Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Tassal Group insider buying shares in the last three months. Independent Non-Executive Director John Watson bought AU$48k worth of shares in that time. 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.

Insider Ownership of Tassal Group

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. From our data, it seems that Tassal Group insiders own 1.6% of the company, worth about AU$14m. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Do The Tassal Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. That said, the purchases were not large. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Tassal Group insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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.

But note: Tassal Group 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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