How Much Are International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (LON:IAG) Insiders Spending On Buying Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
June 02, 2021
LSE:IAG
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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in International Consolidated Airlines Group, S.A. (LON:IAG).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At International Consolidated Airlines Group

The insider Heather McSharry made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£104k worth of shares at a price of UK£1.90 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of UK£2.09 per share to be enticing. 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. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

While International Consolidated Airlines Group insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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LSE:IAG Insider Trading Volume June 3rd 2021

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insiders at International Consolidated Airlines Group Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, International Consolidated Airlines Group insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. We can see that insider Heather McSharry paid UK£104k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Does International Consolidated Airlines Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that International Consolidated Airlines Group insiders own 0.1% of the company, worth about UK£12m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At International Consolidated Airlines Group Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Insiders likely see value in International Consolidated Airlines Group shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To assist with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of International Consolidated Airlines Group.

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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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