Have Insiders Been Buying Havyard Group ASA (OB:HYARD) Shares This Year?

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 Havyard Group ASA (OB:HYARD).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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Havyard Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Hege Rabben for øre15m worth of shares, at about øre11.85 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 2.60m shares for øre31m. But they sold 10.00k for øre107k. Overall, Havyard Group insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around øre11.87. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is øre10.00. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

OB:HYARD Insider Trading December 5th 18
OB:HYARD Insider Trading December 5th 18

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Insiders at Havyard Group Have Bought Stock Recently

There has been significantly more insider buying, than selling, at Havyard Group, over the last three months. Insiders spent øre31m on shares. On the other hand, Erling Keiseraas netted øre107k by selling. Insiders have spent more buying shares than they have selling, so on balance we think they are are probably optimistic.

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. Havyard Group insiders own about øre5.9m worth of shares. That equates to 19% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out, but it certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Havyard Group Tell Us?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Insiders likely see value in Havyard Group shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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