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The Independent Non-Executive Director of Veris Limited (ASX:VRS), Thomas Lawrence, Just Bought 61% More Shares

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Potential Veris Limited (ASX:VRS) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Non-Executive Director, Thomas Lawrence, recently bought AU$150k worth of stock, paying AU$0.03 for each share. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 61%.

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Veris Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Thomas Lawrence was the biggest purchase of Veris shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That implies that an insider found the current price of AU$0.034 per share to be enticing. 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. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the Veris insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

While Veris insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. They paid about AU$0.036 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

ASX:VRS Recent Insider Trading June 11th 2020

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Veris insiders own 36% of the company, worth about AU$5.1m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Veris Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Insiders likely see value in Veris shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. For instance, we've identified 6 warning signs for Veris (3 are a bit concerning) you should be aware of.

But note: Veris 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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