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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ:BLNK)?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Blink Charging Co. (NASDAQ:BLNK).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

See our latest analysis for Blink Charging

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Blink Charging

Independent Director Donald Engel made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$99k worth of shares at a price of US$2.20 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$2.42. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Blink Charging share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. Donald Engel was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

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!

NasdaqCM:BLNK Recent Insider Trading, October 14th 2019

Blink Charging is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Blink Charging

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. Blink Charging insiders own about US$17m worth of shares. That equates to 27% of the company. 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 Do The Blink Charging Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Blink Charging shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Overall we don't see anything to make us think Blink Charging insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

But note: Blink Charging may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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