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Have Insiders Been Buying Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. (SGX:Z59) Shares?

Donald Bartholomew

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd. (SGX:Z59).

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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Yoma Strategic Holdings

CEO & Executive Director Chi Pun made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for S$565k worth of shares at a price of S$0.33 each. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price. Chi Pun was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

Chi Pun bought 1.85m shares over the last 12 months at an average price of S$0.33. 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!

SGX:Z59 Insider Trading January 23rd 19

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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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Yoma Strategic Holdings insiders own about S$247m worth of shares (which is 35% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Yoma Strategic Holdings Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Yoma Strategic Holdings insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, Yoma Strategic Holdings insiders feel good about the company’s future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Yoma Strategic Holdings.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.