Have Insiders Been Selling InvoCare Limited (ASX:IVC) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in InvoCare Limited (ASX:IVC).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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 InvoCare

The Non-Executive Director, Richard Davis, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$690k worth of shares at a price of AU$13.80 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (AU$14.61). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. This single sale was just 19.2% of Richard Davis's stake. Richard Davis was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 8049 shares worth AU$112k. But they sold 100k for AU$1.3m. Richard Davis ditched 100k shares over the year. The average price per share was AU$13.37. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:IVC Recent Insider Trading, August 22nd 2019

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Insiders at InvoCare Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at InvoCare. Independent Non-Executive Director Jacqueline McArthur purchased AU$31k worth of shares in that period. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.

Insider Ownership of InvoCare

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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. Our data suggests InvoCare insiders own 0.3% of the company, worth about AU$4.6m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At InvoCare Tell Us?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. Our analysis of InvoCare insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. And usually insiders own more stock in the company, according to our data. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for InvoCare.

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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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