Read This Before Selling Nvoi Limited (ASX:NVO) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Nvoi Limited (ASX:NVO), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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, 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 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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Nvoi Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Non-Executive Director John Winters bought AU$198k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.0031 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (AU$0.004), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn’t tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 65.6m shares worth AU$222k. In the last twelve months Nvoi insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

ASX:NVO Recent Insider Trading, April 23rd 2019
ASX:NVO Recent Insider Trading, April 23rd 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Nvoi Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Nvoi insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Specifically, John Winters bought AU$198k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Nvoi Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data indicates that Nvoi insiders own about AU$465k worth of shares (which is 11% of the company). But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Nvoi Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we’d like to see, the history of transactions imply that Nvoi insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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