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Are Insiders Selling Ten Entertainment Group plc (LON:TEG) Stock?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ten Entertainment Group plc (LON:TEG).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ten Entertainment Group

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chief Commercial Officer & Director, Graham Blackwell, for UK£689k worth of shares, at about UK£2.32 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of UK£2.48. 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. This single sale was 75.7% of Graham Blackwell's stake. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Graham Blackwell.

You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

LSE:TEG Recent Insider Trading, July 20th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Ten Entertainment Group insiders own 6.0% of the company, worth about UK£9.7m. 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 Do The Ten Entertainment Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold Ten Entertainment Group shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. But it is good to see that Ten Entertainment Group is growing earnings. When you consider that most companies have higher levels of insider ownership, we're a little wary. So we're not rushing to buy, to say the least. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Ten Entertainment Group.

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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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