Have Insiders Been Buying SpareBank 1 BV (OB:SBVG) Shares This Year?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell SpareBank 1 BV (OB:SBVG), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. 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 Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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SpareBank 1 BV Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

While there weren’t any large insider transactions in the last twelve months, it’s still worth looking at the trading.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid øre1.4m for 39018 shares. On the other hand they divested 525 shares, for øre21k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by SpareBank 1 BV insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

OB:SBVG Recent Insider Trading, May 9th 2019
OB:SBVG Recent Insider Trading, May 9th 2019

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Have SpareBank 1 BV Insiders Traded Recently?

In the last three months, Britt Westlin sold øre21k worth of shares. That’s not much at all. Ultimately the overall selling isn’t enough to tell us much.

Does SpareBank 1 BV 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Based on our data, SpareBank 1 BV insiders have about 1.7% of the stock, worth approximately øre40m. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At SpareBank 1 BV Tell Us?

We did not see any insider buying in the last three months, but we did see selling. But given the selling was modest, we’re not worried. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in SpareBank 1 BV and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for SpareBank 1 BV.

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