Have Insiders Been Buying Aqualis ASA (OB:AQUA) Shares?

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 Aqualis ASA (OB:AQUA).

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.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Colombia 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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Aqualis Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chief Financial Officer Kim Boman bought øre433k worth of shares at a price of øre4.33 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 368.30k shares worth øre1.7m. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Aqualis insiders. They paid about øre4.54 on average. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is øre4.16. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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

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Insiders at Aqualis Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Aqualis. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$1.0m worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership of Aqualis

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 32% of Aqualis shares, worth about øre6.8m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Aqualis Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. 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 Aqualis 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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