Did Gunnebo AB (STO:GUNN) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Gunnebo AB (STO:GUNN).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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 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 Gunnebo

Director Göran Bille made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for kr944k worth of shares at a price of kr23.60 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. 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 58.00k shares worth kr1.4m. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Gunnebo insiders. The average buy price was around kr24.08. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (kr25.80). 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!

OM:GUNN Recent Insider Trading, March 7th 2019
OM:GUNN Recent Insider Trading, March 7th 2019

I will like Gunnebo better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Does Gunnebo Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. From looking at our data, insiders own kr16m worth of Gunnebo stock, about 0.8% of the company. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Gunnebo 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. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Gunnebo insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Gunnebo.

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