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Have Insiders Been Selling Gr. Sarantis S.A. (ATH:SAR) Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Gr. Sarantis S.A. (ATH:SAR).

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Gr. Sarantis

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Grigoris Sarantis, sold €554k worth of shares at a price of €7.20 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (€8.64). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 13.4% of Grigoris Sarantis's holding.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Gr. Sarantis shares, than buying. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

ATSE:SAR Recent Insider Trading, July 19th 2019

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Does Gr. Sarantis 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. Insiders own 6.7% of Gr. Sarantis shares, worth about €39m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Gr. Sarantis Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. Still, the insider transactions at Gr. Sarantis in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Gr. Sarantis.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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