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Need To Know: Yihai International Holding Ltd. (HKG:1579) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Yihai International Holding Ltd. (HKG:1579).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'

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Yihai International Holding Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the VP & Executive Director, Chunxiang Dang, sold HK$3.5m worth of shares at a price of HK$43.19 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of HK$43.80. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 22.7% of Chunxiang Dang's holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Chunxiang Dang.

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

SEHK:1579 Recent Insider Trading, August 16th 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Yihai International Holding insiders own 57% of the company, currently worth about HK$23b based on the recent share price. 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 Do The Yihai International Holding Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold Yihai International Holding shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. On the plus side, Yihai International Holding makes money, and is growing profits. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Yihai International Holding.

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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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