Insider Buying: The Mekonomen AB (publ) (STO:MEKO) President & CEO Just Bought 4.5% More Shares

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Simply Wall St
Published
March 03, 2021
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Investors who take an interest in Mekonomen AB (publ) (STO:MEKO) should definitely note that the President & CEO, Pehr Oscarson, recently paid kr113 per share to buy kr1.1m worth of the stock. While that's a very decent purchase to our minds, it was proportionally a bit modest, boosting their holding by just 4.5%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Mekonomen

Notably, that recent purchase by President & CEO Pehr Oscarson was not the only time they bought Mekonomen shares this year. Earlier in the year, they paid kr35.97 per share in a kr1.8m purchase. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (kr117), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

Pehr Oscarson bought a total of 94.54k shares over the year at an average price of kr54.30. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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OM:MEKO Insider Trading Volume March 4th 2021

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

Insider Ownership of Mekonomen

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Mekonomen insiders own about kr381m worth of shares. That equates to 5.8% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Mekonomen Insider Transactions Indicate?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Mekonomen. One for the watchlist, at least! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. For example - Mekonomen has 1 warning sign we think you should be aware of.

But note: Mekonomen 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. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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