Looking at Mainfreight Limited's (NZSE:MFT ) insider transactions over the last year, we can see that insiders were net sellers. That is, there were more number of shares sold by insiders than there were purchased.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Mainfreight
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Founding Owner & Executive Chairman, Bruce Plested, sold NZ$5.1m worth of shares at a price of NZ$94.75 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (NZ$69.80). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Bruce Plested was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 62.02k shares for NZ$4.9m. But insiders sold 100.00k shares worth NZ$9.4m. Bruce Plested divested 100.00k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of NZ$93.75. 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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Does Mainfreight 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's great to see that Mainfreight insiders own 18% of the company, worth about NZ$1.3b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Mainfreight Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Mainfreight shares in the last quarter. It's heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we'd like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Mainfreight insider transactions don't fill us with confidence. Therefore, you should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Mainfreight.
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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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