We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in BARD1 Life Sciences Limited (ASX:BD1).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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’.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At BARD1 Life Sciences
Founder Irmgard Irminger-Finger made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for AU$205k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.024 each. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is AU$0.017. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Irmgard Irminger-Finger was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insider Ownership of BARD1 Life Sciences
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that BARD1 Life Sciences insiders own 31% of the company, worth about AU$5.2m. 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 BARD1 Life Sciences Tell Us?
An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’re in no rush to buy! I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.
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