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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Miji International Holdings Limited (HKG:1715)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Miji International Holdings Limited (HKG:1715), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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Miji International Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider Xiaoyu Huang bought HK$41m worth of shares at a price of HK$0.45 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than HK$0.32 (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. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. Xiaoyu Huang was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months. We note that Xiaoyu Huang was both the biggest buyer and the biggest seller.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

SEHK:1715 Recent Insider Trading, October 20th 2019

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Miji International Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Miji International Holdings. Specifically, insider Xiaoyu Huang ditched CN¥14m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership of Miji International Holdings

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. Miji International Holdings insiders own about HK$265m worth of shares (which is 55% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Do The Miji International Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider hasn't bought Miji International Holdings stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. But we take heart from prior transactions. On top of that, insiders own a significant portion of the company. So the recent selling doesn't worry us. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Miji International Holdings is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

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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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