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Trade Alert: Duncan Saville At Thorn Group Limited (ASX:TGA), Has Just Spent AU$1.2m Buying 89% More Shares

Simply Wall St
·3 min read

Those following along with Thorn Group Limited (ASX:TGA) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by insider Duncan Saville, who spent a stonking AU$1.2m on stock at an average price of AU$0.19. That increased their holding by a full 89%, which arguably implies the sort of confidence required for a shy sweet-natured nerd to ask the most popular kid in the school to go out on a date.

View our latest analysis for Thorn Group

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Thorn Group

Notably, that recent purchase by Duncan Saville is the biggest insider purchase of Thorn Group shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being AU$0.18). 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 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.

Thorn Group insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. They paid about AU$0.22 on average. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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Does Thorn Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. 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 6.7% of Thorn Group shares, worth about AU$4.2m, according to our data. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven't picked up on. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Thorn Group Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that Thorn Group insiders are expecting a bright future. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Thorn Group. To that end, you should learn about the 4 warning signs we've spotted with Thorn Group (including 1 which is significant).

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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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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