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Have Insiders Been Buying Adacel Technologies Limited (ASX:ADA) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Adacel Technologies Limited (ASX:ADA).

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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Adacel Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Non-Executive Chairman Michael McConnell made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$134k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.90 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than AU$0.45 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Michael McConnell.

Michael McConnell purchased 288k shares over the year. The average price per share was AU$0.80. 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!

ASX:ADA Recent Insider Trading, August 12th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Adacel Technologies

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 14% of Adacel Technologies shares, worth about AU$4.9m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Adacel Technologies Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Adacel Technologies insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Adacel Technologies insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Adacel Technologies.

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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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