Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:DPH)?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:DPH), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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Dechra Pharmaceuticals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the MD of Dechra Veterinary Products for Europe & Executive Director, Anthony Griffin, sold UK£106k worth of shares at a price of UK£21.15 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of UK£26.52, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 6.6% of Anthony Griffin’s holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Anthony Griffin.

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!

LSE:DPH Recent Insider Trading, April 12th 2019
LSE:DPH Recent Insider Trading, April 12th 2019

I will like Dechra Pharmaceuticals better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Does Dechra Pharmaceuticals Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Dechra Pharmaceuticals insiders own 1.1% of the company, worth about UK£29m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Dechra Pharmaceuticals Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Dechra Pharmaceuticals shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Dechra Pharmaceuticals insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Dechra Pharmaceuticals, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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