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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 before you buy or sell SuperRobotics Limited (HKG:8176), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
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. 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.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At SuperRobotics
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chairman & Compliance Officer, Zhituan Su, sold HK$217m worth of shares at a price of HK$6.90 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (HK$3.50). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Notably Zhituan Su was also the biggest buyer, having purchased HK$66m worth of shares.
Over the last year we saw more insider selling of SuperRobotics shares, than buying. 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!
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Insider Ownership of SuperRobotics
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. It appears that SuperRobotics insiders own 33% of the company, worth about HK$582m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Does This Data Suggest About SuperRobotics Insiders?
There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. It's heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we'd like to see more insider buying, since the last year of SuperRobotics insider transactions don't fill us with confidence. 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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