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Land Securities Group plc (LON:LAND) may have lost UK£229m in value but insiders who invested last year have seen gains of around UK£3.7k to date

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Insiders who bought Land Securities Group plc (LON:LAND) stock lover the last 12 months are probably not as affected by last week’s 4.1% loss. After accounting for the recent loss, the UK£189k worth of shares they purchased is now worth UK£192k, suggesting a good return on their investment.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

Check out our latest analysis for Land Securities Group

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Land Securities Group

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by CEO & Executive Director Mark Allan for UK£149k worth of shares, at about UK£7.08 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is UK£7.22. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

Land Securities Group insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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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.

Does Land Securities Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. From our data, it seems that Land Securities Group insiders own 0.1% of the company, worth about UK£5.2m. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Land Securities Group Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more Land Securities Group stock. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for Land Securities Group (1 is significant) you should be aware of.

But note: Land Securities Group 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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