Need To Know: TeamLease Services Limited (NSE:TEAMLEASE) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

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 TeamLease Services Limited (NSE:TEAMLEASE).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 TeamLease Services

Non-Executive Independent Director Narayan Ramachandran made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for ₹6.4m worth of shares at a price of ₹2,550 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of ₹2,653 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. 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 TeamLease Services insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 3748 shares for ₹9.7m. But insiders sold 1675 shares worth ₹4.9m. Overall, TeamLease Services insiders were net buyers last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NSEI:TEAMLEASE Recent Insider Trading, August 6th 2019
NSEI:TEAMLEASE Recent Insider Trading, August 6th 2019

TeamLease Services Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider selling at TeamLease Services. insider Dheeraj Gosain only netted ₹2.1m selling shares, in that period. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the volume sold is so low that it really doesn’t bother us.

Does TeamLease Services Boast High 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. Insiders own 0.9% of TeamLease Services shares, worth about ₹416m, according to our data. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The TeamLease Services Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold TeamLease Services shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. But we take heart from prior transactions. We are also comforted by the high levels of insider ownership. So we’re not too bothered by recent selling. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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