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Insider Buying: The Contango Asset Management Limited (ASX:CGA) Independent Non-Executive Director Just Bought AU$135k Worth Of Shares

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Potential Contango Asset Management Limited (ASX:CGA) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Non-Executive Director, Jason Billings, recently bought AU$135k worth of stock, paying AU$0.67 for each share. However, it only increased shareholding by a small percentage, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

See our latest analysis for Contango Asset Management

Contango Asset Management Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Jason Billings is the biggest insider purchase of Contango Asset Management shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is AU$0.68. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Contango Asset Management insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Jason Billings.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 13% of Contango Asset Management shares, worth about AU$4.1m, according to our data. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Contango Asset Management Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Contango Asset Management insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. 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. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Contango Asset Management (including 1 which can't be ignored).

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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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