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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) Limited (HKG:8199).
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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
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. 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.'
China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
While no particular insider transaction stood out, we can still look at the overall trading.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, 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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Does China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) Boast High Insider Ownership?
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It's great to see that China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) insiders own 79% of the company, worth about HK$193m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) Insiders?
An insider sold China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) makes money, and is growing profits. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if China Wan Tong Yuan (Holdings) is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
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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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