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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Morses Club PLC (LON:MCL).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. 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 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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Morses Club
Non-Executive Director Peter Ward made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£254k worth of shares at a price of UK£1.27 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than UK£0.37 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. Peter Ward was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months. Notably Peter Ward was also the biggest seller.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Based on our data, Morses Club insiders have about 3.1% of the stock, worth approximately UK£1.5m. However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.
So What Do The Morses Club Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Morses Club shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more Morses Club stock. 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. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Morses Club and understanding them should be part of your investment process.
But note: Morses Club may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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