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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Oceanus Group Limited (SGX:579), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.'
Oceanus Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Perman Yadi, sold S$11m worth of shares at a price of S$0.005 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of S$0.004. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Perman Yadi.
Perman Yadi ditched 2.3b shares over the year. The average price per share was CN¥0.005. 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!
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Insider Ownership of Oceanus Group
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Oceanus Group insiders own 23% of the company, worth about S$16m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Oceanus Group Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Oceanus Group shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Oceanus Group in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. 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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