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Have Insiders Been Buying Silver Chef Limited (ASX:SIV) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Silver Chef Limited (ASX:SIV), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Silver Chef

While there weren’t any large insider transactions in the last twelve months, it’s still worth looking at the trading.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 144.41k shares for a total of AU$320k. In total, Silver Chef insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about AU$2.21 on average. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is AU$1.34. 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!

ASX:SIV Recent Insider Trading, March 18th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Silver Chef

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 14% of Silver Chef shares, worth about AU$7.5m, according to our data. But they may have an indirect interest through a corporate structure that we haven’t picked up on. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Silver Chef Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Silver Chef shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Silver Chef insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Silver Chef.

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