Did Hemcheck Sweden AB (publ) (STO:HEMC) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Hemcheck Sweden AB (publ) (STO:HEMC).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

Check out our latest analysis for Hemcheck Sweden

Hemcheck Sweden Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Hjalmar Didrikson for kr542k worth of shares, at about kr5.42 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of kr5.76 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today’s share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. Hjalmar Didrikson was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

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:HEMC Recent Insider Trading, June 13th 2019
OM:HEMC Recent Insider Trading, June 13th 2019

Hemcheck Sweden is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Does Hemcheck Sweden Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. Our data indicates that Hemcheck Sweden insiders own about kr10m worth of shares (which is 11% of the company). However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Does This Data Suggest About Hemcheck Sweden Insiders?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Insiders likely see value in Hemcheck Sweden shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

But note: Hemcheck Sweden may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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