Have Insiders Been Selling Macquarie Telecom Group Limited (ASX:MAQ) Shares?

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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 Macquarie Telecom Group Limited (ASX:MAQ), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 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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Macquarie Telecom Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Co-Founder, David Tudehope, sold AU$17m worth of shares at a price of AU$20.60 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of AU$20.39. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn’t a major concern, though it’s hardly a good sign. David Tudehope was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

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:MAQ Recent Insider Trading, May 12th 2019
ASX:MAQ Recent Insider Trading, May 12th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Macquarie Telecom Group

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. It’s great to see that Macquarie Telecom Group insiders own 62% of the company, worth about AU$269m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Macquarie Telecom Group Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Macquarie Telecom Group insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Macquarie Telecom Group insiders selling. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Macquarie Telecom Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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