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

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Protector Forsikring ASA (OB:PROTCT).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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

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, at around the current price, which is øre58.45. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. 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. The good news for Protector Forsikring share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 49000 shares for a total of øre3.0m. In the last twelve months Protector Forsikring insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

OB:PROTCT Recent Insider Trading, May 1st 2019
OB:PROTCT Recent Insider Trading, May 1st 2019

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Does Protector Forsikring Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Protector Forsikring insiders own 4.2% of the company, worth about øre202m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Protector Forsikring Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Protector Forsikring insiders feel good about the company’s future. 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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