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Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFH) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

Jason Fuller

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Atlas Financial Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFH).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Atlas Financial Holdings

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director John Taylor Fitzgerald bought US$106k worth of shares at a price of US$8.95 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. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price. John Taylor Fitzgerald was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

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!

NasdaqGM:AFH Recent Insider Trading, February 25th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 6.8% of Atlas Financial Holdings shares, worth about US$7.0m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Does This Data Suggest About Atlas Financial Holdings Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Atlas Financial Holdings insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Atlas Financial Holdings insiders bought more shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Atlas Financial Holdings.

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