Helgeland Sparebank (OB:HELG) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Helgeland Sparebank (OB:HELG).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Helgelandrebank

There wasn’t any very large single transaction over the last year, but we can still observe some trading.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 4360 shares worth øre317k. Helgelandrebank may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

OB:HELG Recent Insider Trading, June 11th 2019
OB:HELG Recent Insider Trading, June 11th 2019

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Are Helgelandrebank Insiders Buying Or Selling?

We saw some Helgelandrebank insider buying shares in the last three months. Stein Herigstad-Olsen shelled out øre49k for shares in that time. It’s great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership of Helgelandrebank

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. Our data indicates that Helgelandrebank insiders own about øre83m worth of shares (which is 5.1% of the company). But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At Helgelandrebank Tell Us?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Helgelandrebank insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Helgelandrebank, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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