Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Maheshwari Logistics Limited (NSE:MAHESHWARI)?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Maheshwari Logistics Limited (NSE:MAHESHWARI).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Maheshwari Logistics

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Non Executive Director Mukta Neeraj Maheshwari for ₹7.2m worth of shares, at about ₹260 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of ₹253. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. Mukta Neeraj Maheshwari was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

NSEI:MAHESHWARI Recent Insider Trading, August 26th 2019
NSEI:MAHESHWARI Recent Insider Trading, August 26th 2019

Does Maheshwari Logistics Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 36% of Maheshwari Logistics shares, worth about ₹1.3b. 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 Maheshwari Logistics Tell Us?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Maheshwari Logistics. One for the watchlist, at least! Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Maheshwari Logistics is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

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