We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 before you buy or sell Getinge AB (STO:GETI B), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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’.
Getinge Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman Johan Malmquist bought kr2.2m worth of shares at a price of kr81.83 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (kr141), we still think insider buying is a positive. But because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn’t tell us much about whether insiders might find today’s price attractive.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 34509 shares worth kr2.8m. While Getinge insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
Does Getinge Boast High Insider Ownership?
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. Insiders own 0.5% of Getinge shares, worth about kr177m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Getinge Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no Getinge insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. It would be great to see more insider buying, but overall it seems like Getinge insiders are reasonably well aligned (owning significant chunk of the company’s shares) and optimistic for the future. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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