Have Insiders Been Selling Nanoco Group plc (LON:NANO) Shares This Year?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Nanoco Group plc (LON:NANO).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Nanoco Group

CEO & Executive Director Michael Edelman made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£784k worth of shares at a price of UK£0.48 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of UK£0.48. Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. When an insider sells below the current price, it does tend to make us wonder about the current valuation. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 37.2% of Michael Edelman’s stake. Michael Edelman was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 249.87k shares for UK£86k. But they sold 1.85m for UK£784k. 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:NANO Recent Insider Trading, April 3rd 2019
LSE:NANO Recent Insider Trading, April 3rd 2019

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Does Nanoco Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Our data indicates that Nanoco Group insiders own about UK£7.3m worth of shares (which is 5.3% of the company). Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Does This Data Suggest About Nanoco Group Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. The insider transactions at Nanoco Group are not inspiring us to buy. And we’re not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Nanoco Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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