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Did Super Retail Group Limited (ASX:SUL) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Super Retail Group Limited (ASX:SUL).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Super Retail Group

Group MD Anthony Heraghty made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$201k worth of shares at a price of AU$7.85 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being AU$7.50). 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 64552 shares for a total of AU$522k. While Super Retail Group insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. 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:SUL Recent Insider Trading, May 7th 2019

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Super Retail Group Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Super Retail Group. Anthony Heraghty spent AU$201k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does Super Retail Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Super Retail Group insiders own about AU$465m worth of shares (which is 31% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Super Retail Group Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Super Retail Group. Nice! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Super Retail Group.

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