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Need To Know: AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGFS) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

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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. 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 AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:AGFS).

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, 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 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 AgroFresh Solutions

Independent Director Gregory Freiwald made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$128k worth of shares at a price of US$2.59 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$2.58). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months AgroFresh Solutions insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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!

NasdaqGS:AGFS Recent Insider Trading, January 1st 2020

AgroFresh Solutions is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Based on our data, AgroFresh Solutions insiders have about 3.0% of the stock, worth approximately US$4.0m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At AgroFresh Solutions Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded AgroFresh Solutions shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think AgroFresh Solutions insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for AgroFresh Solutions.

Of course AgroFresh Solutions may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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