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The Founder & CEO of OKEA ASA (OB:OKEA), Erik Haugane, Just Bought 0.6% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the OKEA ASA (OB:OKEA) Founder & CEO, Erik Haugane, recently bought kr122k worth of stock, for kr20.21 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 0.6%, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At OKEA

In fact, the recent purchase by Erik Haugane was the biggest purchase of OKEA shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of kr19.38. 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. 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.

In the last twelve months OKEA insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

OB:OKEA Recent Insider Trading, October 5th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that OKEA insiders own 6.3% of the company, worth about kr125m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At OKEA Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about OKEA. Nice! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for OKEA.

But note: OKEA 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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