Read This Before Selling Wesfarmers Limited (ASX:WES) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Wesfarmers Limited (ASX:WES), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Wesfarmers

There wasn’t any very large single transaction over the last year, but we can still observe some trading.

While Wesfarmers insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:WES Recent Insider Trading, March 24th 2020
ASX:WES Recent Insider Trading, March 24th 2020

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Wesfarmers Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There was some insider buying at Wesfarmers over the last quarter. Insiders shelled out AU$69k for shares in that time. It’s great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. 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 Wesfarmers

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Wesfarmers insiders own about AU$89m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% 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 Wesfarmers Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in Wesfarmers shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To assist with this, we’ve discovered 2 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Wesfarmers.

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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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