Need To Know: New Zealand King Salmon Investments Limited (NZSE:NZK) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 New Zealand King Salmon Investments Limited (NZSE:NZK).

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

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At New Zealand King Salmon Investments

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Non- Executive Chairman John William Ryder bought NZ$310k worth of shares at a price of NZ$2.07 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even if the share price has increased a bit since then.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 210.21k shares worth NZ$435k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by New Zealand King Salmon Investments insiders. They paid about NZ$2.07 on average. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price of NZ$2.20. 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!

NZSE:NZK Insider Trading January 12th 19
NZSE:NZK Insider Trading January 12th 19

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Does New Zealand King Salmon Investments 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that New Zealand King Salmon Investments insiders own 7.8% of the company, worth about NZ$24m. 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 New Zealand King Salmon Investments Insiders?

The fact that there have been no New Zealand King Salmon Investments insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders do have a stake in New Zealand King Salmon Investments and their transactions don’t cause us concern. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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