Don't Ignore The Fact That This Insider Just Sold Some Shares In Dr. Lal PathLabs Limited (NSE:LALPATHLAB)

June 25, 2022
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Some Dr. Lal PathLabs Limited (NSE:LALPATHLAB) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Non-Executive Director, Archana Erdmann, recently sold a substantial ₹164m worth of stock at a price of ₹2,014 per share. However, that sale only accounted for 4.4% of their holding, so arguably it doesn't say much about their conviction.

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Dr. Lal PathLabs Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent sale by Archana Erdmann is the biggest insider sale of Dr. Lal PathLabs shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of ₹2,031. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 4.4% of Archana Erdmann's stake.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 3.86k shares for ₹11m. On the other hand they divested 236.86k shares, for ₹599m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Dr. Lal PathLabs than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NSEI:LALPATHLAB Insider Trading Volume June 25th 2022

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Dr. Lal PathLabs insiders own 58% of the company, currently worth about ₹97b based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Dr. Lal PathLabs Insiders?

Insiders haven't bought Dr. Lal PathLabs stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. On the plus side, Dr. Lal PathLabs makes money, and is growing profits. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. To help with this, we've discovered 4 warning signs (1 shouldn't be ignored!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Dr. Lal PathLabs.

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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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