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Multiple insiders bought Scout Security Limited (ASX:SCT) stock earlier this year, a positive sign for shareholders

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It is usually uneventful when a single insider buys stock. However, When quite a few insiders buy shares, as it happened in Scout Security Limited's (ASX:SCT) case, it's fantastic news for shareholders.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

View our latest analysis for Scout Security

Scout Security Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by Martin Pretty is the biggest insider purchase of Scout Security shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that even when the share price was higher than AU$0.038 (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.

Scout Security 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. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insiders at Scout Security Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider buying at Scout Security. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought AU$200k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership of Scout Security

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 27% of Scout Security shares, worth about AU$1.6m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Scout Security Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. Insiders likely see value in Scout Security shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. Case in point: We've spotted 6 warning signs for Scout Security you should be aware of, and 3 of these are a bit concerning.

But note: Scout Security 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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