Insider Buying: The Ediston Property Investment Company plc (LON:EPIC) Chief Executive Officer of Ediston Properties Limited Just Bought UK£435k Worth Of Shares

Those following along with Ediston Property Investment Company plc (LON:EPIC) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by Daniel O’Neill, Chief Executive Officer of Ediston Properties Limited of the company, who spent a stonking UK£435k on stock at an average price of UK£0.87. That increased their holding by a full 139%, which arguably implies the sort of confidence required for a shy sweet-natured nerd to ask the most popular kid in the school to go out on a date.

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Ediston Property Investment Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Daniel O’Neill was the biggest purchase of Ediston Property Investment shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being UK£0.86). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

While Ediston Property Investment insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

LSE:EPIC Recent Insider Trading, February 14th 2020
LSE:EPIC Recent Insider Trading, February 14th 2020

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. From what we can see in our data, insiders own only about UK£261k worth of Ediston Property Investment shares. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We might be missing something but that seems like very low insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Ediston Property Investment Insiders?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Ediston Property Investment insiders are expecting a bright future. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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