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Insider Buying: The InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG) Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Just Bought US$202k Worth Of Shares

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Potential InterContinental Hotels Group PLC (LON:IHG) shareholders may wish to note that the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Patrick Cescau, recently bought UK£202k worth of stock, paying UK£26.84 for each share. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 198%.

Check out our latest analysis for InterContinental Hotels Group

InterContinental Hotels Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Patrick Cescau was the biggest purchase of InterContinental Hotels Group shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of UK£34.30. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.

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!

LSE:IHG Recent Insider Trading March 26th 2020

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that InterContinental Hotels Group insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about UK£10.0m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At InterContinental Hotels Group Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on InterContinental Hotels Group stock. 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. At Simply Wall St, we found 4 warning signs for InterContinental Hotels Group that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

But note: InterContinental Hotels Group 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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