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Insider Buying: The Persimmon Plc (LON:PSN) Independent Non-Executive Director Just Bought 115% More Shares

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Potential Persimmon Plc (LON:PSN) shareholders may wish to note that the Independent Non-Executive Director, Joanna Place, recently bought UK£100k worth of stock, paying UK£25.59 for each share. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 115%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Persimmon

In fact, the recent purchase by Joanna Place was the biggest purchase of Persimmon shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is UK£25.62. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the Persimmon insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

While Persimmon insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. 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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Insider Ownership

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Persimmon insiders own about UK£50m worth of shares. That equates to 0.6% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Persimmon Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Persimmon we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright 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. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with Persimmon and understanding it should be part of your investment process.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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