We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 King River Resources Limited (ASX:KRR).
What Is Insider Buying?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.
King River Resources Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Non Executive Chairman Anthony Barton made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$2.4m worth of shares at a price of AU$0.12 each. That is hardly a positive sign, even though it took place above the latest price (AU$0.034). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. Anthony Barton was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
Anthony Barton ditched 40.00m shares over the year. The average price per share was AU$0.12. The chart below shows insider transactions (by 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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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. Insiders own 14% of King River Resources shares, worth about AU$6.2m, according to our data. However, it’s possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!
What Might The Insider Transactions At King River Resources Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no King River Resources insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by King River Resources insiders. And we’re not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .
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