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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in LiveXLive Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:LIVX).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
LiveXLive Media Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Jay Krigsman bought US$427k worth of shares at a price of US$6.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$3.56 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
In the last twelve months insiders paid US$1.0m for 216k shares purchased. While LiveXLive Media insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. The average buy price was around US$4.74. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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LiveXLive Media Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at LiveXLive Media. Founder Robert Ellin purchased US$33k worth of shares in that period. It's great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. But the amount invested in the last three months isn't enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.
Does LiveXLive Media Boast High Insider Ownership?
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. LiveXLive Media insiders own about US$30m worth of shares. That equates to 16% of the company. 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 LiveXLive Media Tell Us?
Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in LiveXLive Media 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 LiveXLive Media, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
But note: LiveXLive Media may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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