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One Post Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:POST) insider upped their stake by 163% in the previous year

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From what we can see, insiders were net buyers in Post Holdings, Inc.'s (NYSE:POST ) during the past 12 months. That is, insiders acquired the stock in greater numbers than they sold it.

While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

See our latest analysis for Post Holdings

Post Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Thomas Erb bought US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$81.26 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$89.06. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. Thomas Erb was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.

Thomas Erb bought 15.90k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$86.35. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!


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Post Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Post Holdings. In total, insiders sold US$349k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Post Holdings insiders own about US$492m worth of shares (which is 9.2% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Post Holdings Tell Us?

Insiders sold Post Holdings shares recently, but they didn't buy any. In contrast, they appear keener if you look at the last twelve months. On top of that, insiders own a significant portion of the company. So we're happy to look past recent trading. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for Post Holdings (2 shouldn't be ignored) you should be aware of.

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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.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. 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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