Who Has Been Selling Kværner ASA (OB:KVAER) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Kværner ASA (OB:KVAER).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Kværner Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Senior Vice President of Business Development, Arnt Knudsen, for øre946k worth of shares, at about øre18.91 per share. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (øre13.40). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Arnt Knudsen.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

OB:KVAER Recent Insider Trading, May 8th 2019
OB:KVAER Recent Insider Trading, May 8th 2019

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Does Kværner 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From looking at our data, insiders own øre14m worth of Kværner stock, about 0.4% of the company. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Kværner Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Kværner shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Kværner in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Kværner, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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