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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Mainstream Group Holdings Limited (ASX:MAI).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Mainstream Group Holdings
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Non-Executive Chairman, Byram Johnston, sold AU$1.4m worth of shares at a price of AU$0.70 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is AU$0.47. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.
All up, insiders sold more shares in Mainstream Group Holdings than they bought, over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart 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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Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It's great to see that Mainstream Group Holdings insiders own 43% of the company, worth about AU$26m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So What Do The Mainstream Group Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Mainstream Group Holdings shares in the last quarter. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Mainstream Group Holdings, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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