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Have Insiders Been Buying Abacus Property Group (ASX:ABP) Shares This Year?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Abacus Property Group (ASX:ABP).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

See our latest analysis for Abacus Property Group

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Abacus Property Group

MD & Director Steven Sewell made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$169k worth of shares at a price of AU$3.90 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of AU$3.92. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. 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. The good news for Abacus Property Group share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

While Abacus Property Group insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

ASX:ABP Recent Insider Trading, September 26th 2019

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Insiders at Abacus Property Group Have Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Abacus Property Group insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. In total, insiders bought AU$194k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data suggests Abacus Property Group insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about AU$4.4m. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Abacus Property Group Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. 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 Abacus Property Group stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Abacus Property Group.

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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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