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Trade Alert: The Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director Of John Menzies plc (LON:MNZS), David N. Garman, Has Just Spent UK£51k Buying Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the John Menzies plc (LON:MNZS) Deputy Chairman & Senior Independent Director, David N. Garman, recently bought UK£51k worth of stock, for UK£2.54 per share. While we're hesitant to get too excited about a purchase of that size, we do note it increased their holding by a solid 49%.

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John Menzies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Chairman Philipp Joeinig bought UK£4.7m worth of shares at a price of UK£3.90 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of UK£1.61. 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. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months John Menzies insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

LSE:MNZS Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 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 John Menzies Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Based on our data, John Menzies insiders have about 1.8% of the stock, worth approximately UK£2.4m. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At John Menzies Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that John Menzies 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. For instance, we've identified 3 warning signs for John Menzies (1 is potentially serious) you should be aware of.

But note: John Menzies 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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