Read This Before Selling Polyplank AB (publ) (STO:POLY) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Polyplank AB (publ) (STO:POLY).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

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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Polyplank Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

While there weren’t any large insider transactions in the last twelve months, it’s still worth looking at the trading.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 4.0m shares for a total of kr233k. In the last twelve months Polyplank insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about kr0.058 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of kr0.044 attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

OM:POLY Recent Insider Trading, April 19th 2019
OM:POLY Recent Insider Trading, April 19th 2019

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Polyplank Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen a bit of insider buying at Polyplank. Cay Strandén shelled out kr104k for shares in that time. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. But the amount invested in the last three months isn’t enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Insider Ownership of Polyplank

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Based on our data, Polyplank insiders have about 3.7% of the stock, worth approximately kr407k. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Polyplank Tell Us?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Polyplank insiders are expecting a bright future. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Polyplank is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

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