Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Ocean Yield ASA (OB:OCY)?

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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ocean Yield ASA (OB:OCY).

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 in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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 Columbia 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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Ocean Yield Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chief Executive Officer Lars Solbakken for kr1.9m worth of shares, at about kr63.10 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of kr48.20. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid kr4.5m for 71000 shares purchased. In the last twelve months Ocean Yield insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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:OCY Recent Insider Trading, August 19th 2019
OB:OCY Recent Insider Trading, August 19th 2019

Does Ocean Yield Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Ocean Yield insiders own 1.4% of the company, worth about kr109m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Ocean Yield Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Ocean Yield insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Ocean Yield insiders think the business has merit. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Ocean Yield.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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