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Trade Alert: The Co-founder Of Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT), William Angrick, Has Just Spent US$154k Buying A Few More Shares

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Potential Liquidity Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:LQDT) shareholders may wish to note that the Co-founder, William Angrick, recently bought US$154k worth of stock, paying US$5.00 for each share. However, it only increased shareholding by a small percentage, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Liquidity Services

Notably, that recent purchase by Co-founder William Angrick was not the only time they bought Liquidity Services shares this year. They previously made an even bigger purchase of US$330k worth of shares at a price of US$4.19 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$5.33), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because the shares were purchased at a lower price, this particular buy doesn't tell us much about how insiders feel about the current share price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 431.57k shares worth US$1.8m. But insiders sold 8226 shares worth US$59k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Liquidity Services insiders. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:LQDT Recent Insider Trading May 22nd 2020

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Does Liquidity Services Boast High 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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 23% of Liquidity Services shares, worth about US$41m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Liquidity Services Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are 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. Insiders likely see value in Liquidity Services shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for Liquidity Services you should know about.

But note: Liquidity Services may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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