Have Insiders Been Buying Aker Solutions ASA (OB:AKSO) 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 Aker Solutions ASA (OB:AKSO).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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.'

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Aker Solutions Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Chief Executive Officer Luis Antonio Gomes Araujo made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for kr846k worth of shares at a price of kr33.83 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of kr27.43. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid kr1.1m for 34300 shares purchased. In the last twelve months Aker Solutions insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

OB:AKSO Recent Insider Trading, September 6th 2019

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Insiders at Aker Solutions Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Aker Solutions insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought kr1.1m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Aker Solutions Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From what we can see in our data, insiders own only about kr6.4m worth of Aker Solutions shares. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We might be missing something but that seems like very low insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Aker Solutions Tell Us?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give 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 Aker Solutions stock. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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