It is usually uneventful when a single insider buys stock. However, When quite a few insiders buy shares, as it happened in Conduit Holdings Limited's (LON:CRE) case, it's fantastic news for shareholders.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Conduit Holdings
The Independent Non-Executive Director Kenneth Randall made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£249k worth of shares at a price of UK£4.52 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than UK£3.20 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. 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.
While Conduit Holdings insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. They paid about UK£3.82 on average. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders At Conduit Holdings Have Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that Conduit Holdings insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. In total, insiders bought UK£323k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. That shows some optimism about the company's future.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. From our data, it seems that Conduit Holdings insiders own 0.9% of the company, worth about UK£4.5m. Whilst better than nothing, we're not overly impressed by these holdings.
So What Do The Conduit Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Conduit Holdings stock. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Conduit Holdings.
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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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