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Insider Buying: The Micro-X Limited (ASX:MX1) MD, CEO & Director Just Bought 4.3% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Micro-X Limited (ASX:MX1) MD, CEO & Director, Peter Rowland, recently bought AU$74k worth of stock, for AU$0.14 per share. However, it only increased shares held by 4.3%, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Micro-X

Notably, that recent purchase by Peter Rowland is the biggest insider purchase of Micro-X shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being AU$0.14). 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. In our view, the price an insider pays 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 Micro-X insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

ASX:MX1 Recent Insider Trading May 10th 2020

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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. Insiders own 12% of Micro-X shares, worth about AU$4.9m, according to our data. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven't picked up on. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Do The Micro-X Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Micro-X insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the 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. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 5 warning signs for Micro-X (of which 1 is a bit unpleasant!) you should know about.

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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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