Generally, when a single insider buys stock, it is usually not a big deal. However, when several insiders are buying, like in the case of Cipherpoint Limited (ASX:CPT), it sends a favourable message to the company’s shareholders.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
Cipherpoint Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider Carl Charalambous bought AU$254k worth of shares at a price of AU$0.024 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being AU$0.006). 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. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
While Cipherpoint insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn’t sell. The average buy price was around AU$0.006. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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 Cipherpoint Have Bought Stock Recently
It’s good to see that Cipherpoint insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. In total, insiders bought AU$198k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.
Does Cipherpoint Boast High Insider Ownership?
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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Cipherpoint insiders own about AU$2.1m worth of shares. That equates to 36% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Cipherpoint Tell Us?
It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. 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 Cipherpoint shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Every company has risks, and we’ve spotted 6 warning signs for Cipherpoint (of which 5 are concerning!) you should know about.
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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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