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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 before you buy or sell Yuan Heng Gas Holdings Limited (HKG:332), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.
Yuan Heng Gas Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman & CEO Jianqing Wang bought HK$33m worth of shares at a price of HK$0.55 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of HK$0.52. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 187.0m shares for a total of HK$108m. Yuan Heng Gas Holdings may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. 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!
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Yuan Heng Gas Holdings Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last quarter, Yuan Heng Gas Holdings insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Jianqing Wang spent CN¥11m on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This makes one think the business has some good points.
Insider Ownership of Yuan Heng Gas Holdings
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Yuan Heng Gas Holdings insiders own about HK$2.1b worth of shares (which is 63% 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.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Yuan Heng Gas Holdings Tell Us?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Yuan Heng Gas Holdings insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. Nice! I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.
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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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