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Maxar Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MAXR) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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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 Maxar Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MAXR).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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'.

View our latest analysis for Maxar Technologies

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Maxar Technologies

Notably, that recent purchase by President Daniel Jablonsky was not the only time they bought Maxar Technologies shares this year. They previously made an even bigger purchase of US$68k worth of shares at a price of US$22.69 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$37.82), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Maxar Technologies insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. They paid about US$24.98 on average. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. However, we do note that they were buying at significantly lower prices than today's share price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Maxar Technologies Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It's good to see that Maxar Technologies insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. We can see that President Daniel Jablonsky paid US$54k for shares in the company. No-one sold. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Insider Ownership of Maxar Technologies

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Maxar Technologies insiders own 1.2% of the company, worth about US$31m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Maxar Technologies Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. Insiders likely see value in Maxar Technologies shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Maxar Technologies. To assist with this, we've discovered 2 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Maxar Technologies.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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