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 Ausdrill Limited (ASX:ASL).
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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ausdrill
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman Ian Cochrane bought AU$484k worth of shares at a price of AU$1.47 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 514.65k shares worth AU$757k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Ausdrill insiders. They paid about AU$1.47 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of AU$1.22 attractive. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Does Ausdrill 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. From our data, it seems that Ausdrill insiders own 1.3% of the company, worth about AU$9.4m. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!
So What Do The Ausdrill Insider Transactions Indicate?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Ausdrill insiders are doubting the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Ausdrill, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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