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Insider Buying: The Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO) Founder Just Bought 76% More Shares

Travelzoo (NASDAQ:TZOO) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Founder, Ralph Bartel, recently bought a whopping US$15m worth of stock, at a price of US$4.40. That increased their holding by a full 76%, 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 Travelzoo

Travelzoo Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Ralph Bartel is the biggest insider purchase of Travelzoo shares that we've seen in the last year. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$5.39. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$15m for 3.44m shares. On the other hand they divested 596.62k shares, for US$3.7m. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Travelzoo insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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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.

Insider Ownership Of Travelzoo

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Travelzoo insiders own about US$27m worth of shares (which is 41% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Travelzoo Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Travelzoo. Looks promising! 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. For example - Travelzoo has 3 warning signs we think you should be aware of.

But note: Travelzoo 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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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. 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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