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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Afterpay Touch Group Limited (ASX:APT).
What Is Insider Selling?
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.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Afterpay Touch Group
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Co-Founder, Anthony Eisen, for AU$47m worth of shares, at about AU$23.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of AU$25.59, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it’s only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 9.1% of Anthony Eisen’s holding.
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 5.2m shares worth AU$114m. Afterpay Touch Group insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. 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!
Afterpay Touch Group Insiders Are Selling The Stock
The last three months saw significant insider selling at Afterpay Touch Group. In total, insiders dumped AU$104m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.
Insider Ownership of Afterpay Touch Group
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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. Afterpay Touch Group insiders own about AU$1.2b worth of shares (which is 19% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Afterpay Touch Group Insiders?
Insiders sold Afterpay Touch Group shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Afterpay Touch Group.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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