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Did Aurizon Holdings Limited (ASX:AZJ) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Aurizon Holdings Limited (ASX:AZJ).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Aurizon Holdings

Independent Non-Executive Director Michael Fraser made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$146k worth of shares at a price of AU$4.86 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of AU$5.47 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Aurizon Holdings insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid AU$194k for 40000 shares purchased. In the last twelve months Aurizon Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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!

ASX:AZJ Recent Insider Trading, June 26th 2019

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Aurizon Holdings Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Aurizon Holdings insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Overall, two insiders shelled out AU$194k for shares in the company -- and none sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

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. Our data suggests Aurizon Holdings insiders own 0.03% of the company, worth about AU$3.7m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Aurizon Holdings Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Aurizon Holdings insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. 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.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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