A number of insiders bought Plant Health Care plc (LON:PHC) stock last year, which is great news for shareholders

A number of insiders bought Plant Health Care plc (LON:PHC) stock last year, which is great news 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 Plant Health Care plc’s (LON:PHC) case, it’s fantastic news for shareholders.

Although we don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

See our latest analysis for Plant Health Care

Plant Health Care Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Non-Executive Chairman Christopher G. Richards bought UK£75k worth of shares at a price of UK£0.12 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being UK£0.11). It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take a careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they are paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 660.00k shares worth UK£80k. But they sold 220.00k shares for UK£20k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Plant Health Care insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

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

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Plant Health Care insiders own about UK£9.3m worth of shares. That equates to 27% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Plant Health Care Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in Plant Health Care and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. 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 Plant Health Care and understanding this should be part of your investment process.

If you would prefer to check out another company — one with potentially superior financials — then don’t miss this free list of interesting companies, that have HIGH returns on equity 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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