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The Independent Non-Executive Director of Aurizon Holdings Limited (ASX:AZJ), Sarah Ryan, Just Bought 45% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Aurizon Holdings Limited (ASX:AZJ) Independent Non-Executive Director, Sarah Ryan, recently bought AU$56k worth of stock, for AU$3.74 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 45%.

View our latest analysis for Aurizon Holdings

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Aurizon Holdings

The Independent Chairman Timothy Poole made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$101k worth of shares at a price of AU$4.03 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of AU$3.73. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. 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 Aurizon Holdings insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Based on our data, Aurizon Holdings insiders have about 0.04% of the stock, worth approximately AU$2.9m. However, it's possible that insiders might have an indirect interest through a more complex structure. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Do The Aurizon Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that Aurizon Holdings insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. 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. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Aurizon Holdings you should be aware of, and 1 of these is a bit unpleasant.

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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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