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How Much Are Playtech plc (LON:PTEC) Insiders Spending On Buying Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Playtech plc (LON:PTEC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.

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Playtech Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

CEO & Executive Director Moran Weizer made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£63k worth of shares at a price of UK£4.25 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than UK£3.77 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months Playtech insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

LSE:PTEC Recent Insider Trading, January 22nd 2020

Playtech is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Playtech

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Based on our data, Playtech insiders have about 0.07% of the stock, worth approximately UK£769k. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Playtech Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Playtech insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Playtech insiders are doubting the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Playtech, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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