How Much Are DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX:D05) Insiders Spending On Buying Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 DBS Group Holdings Ltd (SGX:D05).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At DBS Group Holdings

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Non-Executive Independent Director Tse Ghow Lim bought S$400k worth of shares at a price of S$24.97 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of S$26.55. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. 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. The good news for DBS Group Holdings share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. Tse Ghow Lim was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Tse Ghow Lim bought 34000 shares over the last 12 months at an average price of S$25.53. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

SGX:D05 Recent Insider Trading, May 12th 2019
SGX:D05 Recent Insider Trading, May 12th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Does DBS Group Holdings 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 0.09% of DBS Group Holdings shares, worth about S$61m. 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 DBS Group Holdings Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of DBS Group Holdings we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in DBS Group Holdings, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: DBS Group Holdings 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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