We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell New Hope Corporation Limited (ASX:NHC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
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.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
New Hope Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Non-Executive Chairman Robert Millner bought AU$794k worth of shares at a price of AU$3.61 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than AU$2.50 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 435k shares for a total of AU$1.6m. In the last twelve months New Hope insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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!
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Insider Ownership of New Hope
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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. New Hope insiders own about AU$24m worth of shares. That equates to 1.2% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Do The New Hope Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded New Hope shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in New Hope and their transactions don't cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for New Hope.
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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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