Did The Hour Glass Limited (SGX:AGS) Insiders Buy Up More 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 The Hour Glass Limited (SGX:AGS).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Hour Glass Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Co-Founder & Executive Chairman Yun Tay for S$8.5m worth of shares, at about S$0.66 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of S$0.81. 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. While we always like to see insider buying, it’s less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Yun Tay.

Yun Tay purchased 23.2m shares over the year. The average price per share was S$0.68. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

SGX:AGS Recent Insider Trading, July 5th 2019
SGX:AGS Recent Insider Trading, July 5th 2019

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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Hour Glass insiders own about S$88m worth of shares. That equates to 15% 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.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Hour Glass Tell Us?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Hour Glass insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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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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