Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Kang Kwong Wong, the Executive Chairman & CEO of Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) Limited (HKG:1690) recently shelled out HK$163k to buy stock, at HK$0.064 per share. Although the purchase is not a big one, increasing their shareholding by only 1.8%, it can be interpreted as a good sign.
Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Notably, that recent purchase by Executive Chairman & CEO Kang Kwong Wong was not the only time they bought Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) shares this year. Earlier in the year, they paid HK$0.062 per share in a HK$894k purchase. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of HK$0.066. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Kang Kwong Wong was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.
Kang Kwong Wong purchased 40.11m shares over the year. The average price per share was HK$0.059. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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Does Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) 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. Our data indicates that Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) insiders own about HK$9.9m worth of shares (which is 9.7% of the company). But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven't picked up on. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) Insiders?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. 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. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) insiders are expecting a bright future. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Case in point: We've spotted 4 warning signs for Lap Kei Engineering (Holdings) you should be aware of, and 1 of them is significant.
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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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