We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 before you buy or sell Lynas Corporation Limited (ASX:LYC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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’.
Lynas Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Non-Executive Chairman Richard Harding for AU$100k worth of shares, at about AU$1.85 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 253.99k shares for a total of AU$465k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Lynas insiders. Their average price was about AU$1.83. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of AU$1.64 attractive. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. 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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Insiders at Lynas Have Bought Stock Recently
It’s good to see that Lynas insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought AU$175k worth of shares. This makes one think the business has some good points.
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. From looking at our data, insiders own AU$5.3m worth of Lynas stock, about 0.5% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Lynas Tell Us?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Lynas stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Lynas.
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