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The Independent Non-Executive Chairman of EVZ Limited (ASX:EVZ), Graham Burns, Just Bought 1.3% More Shares

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EVZ Limited (ASX:EVZ) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Independent Non-Executive Chairman, Graham Burns, recently bought a whopping AU$934k worth of stock, at a price of AU$8.50. There's no denying a buy of that magnitude suggests conviction in a brighter future, although we do note that proportionally it only increased their holding by 1.3%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At EVZ

In fact, the recent purchase by Graham Burns was the biggest purchase of EVZ shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that even when the share price was higher than AU$0.087 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

While EVZ insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about AU$1.29. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. 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:EVZ Recent Insider Trading June 6th 2020

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership of EVZ

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. EVZ insiders own about AU$1.6m worth of shares. That equates to 19% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About EVZ Insiders?

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 during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest EVZ insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. You'd be interested to know, that we found 2 warning signs for EVZ and we suggest you have a look.

But note: EVZ 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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