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Have Insiders Been Buying Tamawood Limited (ASX:TWD) Shares This Year?

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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 Tamawood Limited (ASX:TWD).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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Tamawood Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Non-Executive Director, Lev Mizikovsky, for AU$1.0m worth of shares, at about AU$3.60 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of AU$3.42. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign. Lev Mizikovsky was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months. Notably Lev Mizikovsky was also the biggest buyer, having purchased AU$1.0m worth of shares.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid AU$1.0m for 279143 shares. But they sold 278000 for AU$1.0m. In total, Tamawood insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. 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:TWD Recent Insider Trading, October 24th 2019

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Are Tamawood Insiders Buying Or Selling?

We saw some Tamawood insider buying shares in the last three months. Non-Executive Director Laurie Lefcourt bought AU$10.0k worth of shares in that time. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It's great to see that Tamawood insiders own 60% of the company, worth about AU$56m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The Tamawood Insider Transactions Indicate?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Tamawood insiders think the business has merit. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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