We wouldn't blame Tyro Payments Limited (ASX:TYR) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Paul Rickard, the Independent Non-Executive Director recently netted about AU$919k selling shares at an average price of AU$3.74. That sale reduced their total holding by 10% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Tyro Payments
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the insider, Danita Lowes, sold AU$19m worth of shares at a price of AU$3.15 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of AU$3.76. 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 22% of Danita Lowes's holding.
Insiders in Tyro Payments didn't buy any shares in the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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Insider Ownership of Tyro Payments
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Tyro Payments insiders own about AU$870m worth of shares (which is 48% 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.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Tyro Payments Tell Us?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look at the last year, we didn't see any purchases. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Tyro Payments you should be aware of.
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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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