Trade Alert: The Independent Non Executive Director Of Atlas Arteria Limited (ASX:ALX), David Bartholomew, Has Just Spent AU$80k Buying Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Atlas Arteria Limited (ASX:ALX) Independent Non Executive Director, David Bartholomew, recently bought AU$80k worth of stock, for AU$7.91 per share. While that isn't the hugest buy, it actually boosted their shareholding by 116%, which is good to see.

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Atlas Arteria Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Non-Executive Director of Macquarie Atlas Roads International Limited Derek Stapley for AU$148k worth of shares, at about AU$8.50 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than AU$7.52 (the recent price), 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. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

While Atlas Arteria insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about AU$7.63. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:ALX Recent Insider Trading, December 3rd 2019

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Insider Ownership of Atlas Arteria

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. Our data suggests Atlas Arteria insiders own 0.04% of the company, worth about AU$2.3m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Atlas Arteria Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Atlas Arteria stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Atlas Arteria.

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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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