Estienne de Klerk Is The Non-Executive Director of Growthpoint Properties Australia (ASX:GOZ) And They Just Picked Up 2.9% More Shares

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 05, 2021
ASX:GOZ

Investors who take an interest in Growthpoint Properties Australia (ASX:GOZ) should definitely note that the Non-Executive Director, Estienne de Klerk, recently paid AU$3.20 per share to buy AU$160k worth of the stock. While that's a very decent purchase to our minds, it was proportionally a bit modest, boosting their holding by just 2.9%.

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Growthpoint Properties Australia Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Estienne de Klerk is the biggest insider purchase of Growthpoint Properties Australia shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is AU$3.27. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Estienne de Klerk.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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ASX:GOZ Insider Trading Volume March 5th 2021

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Growthpoint Properties Australia insiders own about AU$22m worth of shares. That equates to 0.9% 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.

So What Do The Growthpoint Properties Australia Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Growthpoint Properties Australia insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Be aware that Growthpoint Properties Australia is showing 5 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 2 of those are a bit concerning...

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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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