The Chief Investment Officer & MD of AJ Bell Investments of AJ Bell plc (LON:AJB), Kevin Doran, Just Bought 15% More Shares

Simply Wall St
March 18, 2022
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Potential AJ Bell plc (LON:AJB) shareholders may wish to note that the Chief Investment Officer & MD of AJ Bell Investments, Kevin Doran, recently bought UK£100k worth of stock, paying UK£3.10 for each share. That's a very solid buy in our book, and increased their holding by a noteworthy 15%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At AJ Bell

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider Fergus Lyons bought UK£1.6m worth of shares at a price of UK£4.48 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than UK£3.20 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid UK£5.0m for 1.18m shares. On the other hand they divested 23.66k shares, for UK£91k. In total, AJ Bell insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

LSE:AJB Insider Trading Volume March 18th 2022

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).

Insider Ownership of AJ Bell

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. AJ Bell insiders own about UK£366m worth of shares (which is 28% 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 Do The AJ Bell Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about AJ Bell. That's what I like to see! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. You'd be interested to know, that we found 1 warning sign for AJ Bell and we suggest you have a look.

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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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