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The Chief Executive Officer of Akastor ASA (OB:AKA), Karl Kjelstad, Just Bought 33% More Shares

Simply Wall St

Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Akastor ASA (OB:AKA) Chief Executive Officer, Karl Kjelstad, recently bought kr409k worth of stock, for kr4.09 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 33%.

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Akastor Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Karl Kjelstad is the biggest insider purchase of Akastor shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that even when the share price was higher than kr3.78 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months Akastor insiders were buying shares, but not selling. They paid about kr5.30 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around kr3.78). The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

OB:AKA Recent Insider Trading, March 22nd 2020

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Insider Ownership of Akastor

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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data isn't picking up on much insider ownership at Akastor, though insiders do hold about kr5.0m worth of shares. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. This level of insider ownership is notably low, and not very encouraging.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Akastor Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Akastor insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Akastor. You'd be interested to know, that we found 3 warning signs for Akastor and we suggest you have a look.

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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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