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 easyJet plc (LON:EZJ), 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.
easyJet Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Independent Chairman of the Board Stephen Hester made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for UK£96k worth of shares at a price of UK£4.80 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of UK£4.05. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.
easyJet insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. 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!
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Insiders At easyJet Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at easyJet. Insiders purchased UK£30k worth of shares in that period. It's good to see the insider buying, as well as the lack of recent sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. easyJet insiders own about UK£470m worth of shares (which is 15% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About easyJet Insiders?
Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Judging from their transactions, and high insider ownership, easyJet insiders feel good about the company's future. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing easyJet. At Simply Wall St, we found 1 warning sign for easyJet that deserve your attention before buying any shares.
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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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