We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd. (CVE:GLXY).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Galaxy Digital Holdings
Founder Michael Novogratz made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$6.2m worth of shares at a price of CA$2.40 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of CA$1.47. It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for 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.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$14m for 10641945 shares. But insiders sold 33700 shares worth CA$64k. In total, Galaxy Digital Holdings insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about CA$1.35. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price. You can see the insider transactions (by 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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Galaxy Digital Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock
Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider selling at Galaxy Digital Holdings. insider Richard Tavoso divested only US$64k worth of shares in that time. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the amount sold isn't enough for us to put any weight on it.
Does Galaxy Digital Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?
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. Insiders own 6.5% of Galaxy Digital Holdings shares, worth about CA$26m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Do The Galaxy Digital Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. In contrast, they appear keener if you look at the last twelve months. It's good to see insiders are shareholders. So the recent selling doesn't worry us too much. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
But note: Galaxy Digital Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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