Have Insiders Been Buying Domain Holdings Australia Limited (ASX:DHG) 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 Domain Holdings Australia Limited (ASX:DHG).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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 Domain Holdings Australia

Non-Executive Chairman Nicholas Falloon made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$133k worth of shares at a price of AU$2.65 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is AU$2.78. 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. While we always like to see insider buying, it’s less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 214k shares for a total of AU$563k. In the last twelve months Domain Holdings Australia insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:DHG Recent Insider Trading, August 7th 2019
ASX:DHG Recent Insider Trading, August 7th 2019

Insider Ownership

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. Our data indicates that Domain Holdings Australia insiders own about AU$11m worth of shares (which is 0.7% of the company). Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Domain Holdings Australia Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Domain Holdings Australia and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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