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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell

Washington H. Soul Pattinson and Company Limited (ASX:SOL), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Washington H. Soul Pattinson

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman of the Board Robert Millner bought AU$609k worth of shares at a price of AU$24.36 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price. Robert Millner was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. 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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ASX:SOL Insider Trading February 18th 19

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Washington H. Soul Pattinson insiders own 6.1% of the company, currently worth about AU$420m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Washington H. Soul Pattinson Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Washington H. Soul Pattinson shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. It would be great to see more insider buying, but overall it seems like Washington H. Soul Pattinson insiders are reasonably well aligned (owning significant chunk of the company’s shares) and optimistic for the future. Of course,

the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Washington H. Soul Pattinson, you should check out this

free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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