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Silverlake Axis Ltd (SGX:5CP) Insiders Increased Their Holdings

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Silverlake Axis Ltd (SGX:5CP).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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Silverlake Axis Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Independent Non-Executive Director Kok Min Lim made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for S$84k worth of shares at a price of S$0.42 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than S$0.41 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. 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.

While Silverlake Axis insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

SGX:5CP Recent Insider Trading, December 31st 2019

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Insiders at Silverlake Axis Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Silverlake Axis. We can see that Independent Non-Executive Director Kok Min Lim paid S$125k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Silverlake Axis insiders own about S$39m worth of shares. That equates to 3.5% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Silverlake Axis Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Silverlake Axis insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Silverlake Axis, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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