We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Ocean Yield ASA (OB:OCY), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ocean Yield
Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for øre1.9m worth of shares at a price of øre63.10 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of øre65.70. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it’s less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 71000 shares worth øre4.5m. While Ocean Yield insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Ocean Yield insiders own about øre148m worth of shares. That equates to 1.4% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Do The Ocean Yield Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Ocean Yield shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Ocean Yield insiders feel good about the company’s future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Ocean Yield.
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