In the last year, multiple insiders have substantially increased their holdings of ASOS Plc (LON:ASC) stock, indicating that insiders’ optimism about the company’s prospects has increased.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At ASOS
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Non-Executive Chairman Jorgen Lindemann bought UK£490k worth of shares at a price of UK£8.54 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than UK£8.34 (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.
ASOS insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. Their average price was about UK£7.42. To my mind it is good that insiders have invested their own money in the company. But we must note that the investments were made at well below today’s share price. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!
ASOS is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.
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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 3.1% of ASOS shares, worth about UK£26m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
What Might The Insider Transactions At ASOS Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no ASOS insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in ASOS and their transactions don’t cause us concern. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. In terms of investment risks, we’ve identified 1 warning sign with ASOS and understanding it should be part of your investment process.
Of course ASOS may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality 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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