Have Insiders Been Buying Protector Forsikring ASA (OB:PROTCT) Shares This Year?

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 before you buy or sell Protector Forsikring ASA (OB:PROTCT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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 Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Protector Forsikring Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Country Manager of Sweden Hans Didring made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for øre870k worth of shares at a price of øre55.27 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. 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. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

In the last twelve months insiders paid øre3.2m for 50.00k shares purchased. Overall, Protector Forsikring insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about øre63.09. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is øre47.95. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

OB:PROTCT Insider Trading January 2nd 19
OB:PROTCT Insider Trading January 2nd 19

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Insiders at Protector Forsikring Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Protector Forsikring insider buying shares in the last three months. Lars Rambol shelled out øre159k for shares in that time. It’s good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Does Protector Forsikring Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Protector Forsikring insiders own 4.4% of the company, currently worth about øre171m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Protector Forsikring Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Protector Forsikring insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. That’s what I like to see! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Protector Forsikring, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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