Have Insiders Been Buying Boliden AB (STO:BOL) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Boliden AB (STO:BOL).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Boliden

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Lennart Evrell bought kr598k worth of shares at a price of kr323 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of kr243. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months insiders paid kr2.6m for 10075 shares purchased. Boliden may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. They paid about kr255 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

OM:BOL Recent Insider Trading, May 10th 2019
OM:BOL Recent Insider Trading, May 10th 2019

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Insiders at Boliden Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Boliden. In total, insiders bought kr1.0m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. From looking at our data, insiders own kr18m worth of Boliden stock, about 0.03% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Do The Boliden Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Insiders likely see value in Boliden shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Boliden.

But note: Boliden 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.

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