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Insider Buying: The Assura Plc (LON:AGR) Senior Independent Director Just Bought 237% More Shares

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Investors who take an interest in Assura Plc (LON:AGR) should definitely note that the Senior Independent Director, Jonathan Davies, recently paid UK£0.68 per share to buy UK£102k worth of the stock. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 237%.

Check out our latest analysis for Assura

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Assura

In fact, the recent purchase by Jonathan Davies was the biggest purchase of Assura 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 around the current price of UK£0.69. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Assura insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

Assura insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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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Assura is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Does Assura Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Based on our data, Assura insiders have about 0.1% of the stock, worth approximately UK£2.4m. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Assura Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Assura insiders are expecting a bright future. 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. Be aware that Assura is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis, and 1 of those makes us a bit uncomfortable...

If you would prefer to check out another company -- one with potentially superior financials -- then do not miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH return on equity 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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