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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Satia Industries Limited (NSE:SATIA).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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. 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’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Satia Industries
Executive Director Chirag Satia made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for ₹15m worth of shares at a price of ₹583 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is ₹722. 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 Satia Industries insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 50222 shares worth ₹29m. While Satia Industries insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Satia Industries insiders own about ₹4.1b worth of shares (which is 57% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Do The Satia Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Satia Industries shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Satia Industries insiders feel good about the company’s future. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Satia Industries is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
But note: Satia Industries may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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