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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in The ExOne Company (NASDAQ:XONE).
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.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At ExOne
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Roger Thiltgen bought US$70k worth of shares at a price of US$6.97 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly lower prices. The insider buying may not tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.
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!
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Insider Ownership of ExOne
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that ExOne insiders own 37% of the company, worth about US$65m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At ExOne Tell Us?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded ExOne shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders own shares in ExOne and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in ExOne, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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