Have Insiders Been Buying Wellington Drive Technologies Limited (NZSE:WDT) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 19, 2020
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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Wellington Drive Technologies Limited (NZSE:WDT).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 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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Wellington Drive Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by John McMahon was the biggest purchase of Wellington Drive Technologies shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of NZ$0.067. 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. 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. Happily, the Wellington Drive Technologies insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Wellington Drive Technologies insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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NZSE:WDT Insider Trading Volume November 19th 2020

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Wellington Drive Technologies Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Wellington Drive Technologies insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought NZ$204k worth of shares. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Insider Ownership of Wellington Drive Technologies

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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. Wellington Drive Technologies insiders own about NZ$4.4m worth of shares. That equates to 15% of the company. 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 Wellington Drive Technologies Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in Wellington Drive Technologies shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Wellington Drive Technologies. Our analysis shows 2 warning signs for Wellington Drive Technologies (1 is significant!) and we strongly recommend you look at these before investing.

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity and low debt.

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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