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As Paycor HCM, Inc.'s market cap (NASDAQ:PYCR) drops to US$3.7b, insiders might be questioning their decision to buy earlier this year

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Insiders who bought US$3.0m worth of Paycor HCM, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:PYCR) stock at an average buy price of US$24.39 over the last year may be disappointed by the recent 18% decrease in the stock. Insiders invest with the hopes of seeing their money grow in value over time. However, as a result of recent losses, their initial investment is now only worth US$2.6m, which is not what they expected.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

See our latest analysis for Paycor HCM

Paycor HCM Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chief Revenue Officer Charles Mueller made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.3m worth of shares at a price of US$23.00 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$21.40 (the recent price), 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. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months Paycor HCM insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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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Paycor HCM Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Paycor HCM. Specifically, Independent Director Scott Miller bought US$75k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership of Paycor HCM

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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Based on our data, Paycor HCM insiders have about 0.08% of the stock, worth approximately US$3.0m. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Paycor HCM Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Paycor HCM insiders are expecting a bright future. 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. While conducting our analysis, we found that Paycor HCM has 2 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore them.

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.

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