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Sau Ian Tanoto Is The of USP Group Limited (SGX:BRS) And They Just Spent S$3.1m On Shares

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Those following along with USP Group Limited (SGX:BRS) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by insider Sau Ian Tanoto, who spent a stonking S$3.1m on stock at an average price of S$0.24. That purchase boosted their holding by 129%, which makes us wonder if the move was inspired by quietly confident deeply-felt optimism.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At USP Group

Notably, that recent purchase by Sau Ian Tanoto is the biggest insider purchase of USP Group shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of S$0.12. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid S$5.0m for 30.67m shares. But they sold 13578465 for S$2.0m. In total, USP Group insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about S$0.16. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

SGX:BRS Recent Insider Trading, January 15th 2020

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. USP Group insiders own 60% of the company, currently worth about S$6.3m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About USP Group Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about USP Group. Looks promising! 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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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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