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Need To Know: Silk Road Energy Services Group Limited (HKG:8250) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Silk Road Energy Services Group Limited (HKG:8250).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. 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 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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Silk Road Energy Services Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The , Ying Chen, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for HK$5.7m worth of shares at a price of HK$0.024 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of HK$0.027. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. This single sale was just 36.7% of Ying Chen's stake. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Ying Chen.

Ying Chen divested 287.1m shares over the last 12 months at an average price of HK$0.024. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

SEHK:8250 Recent Insider Trading, July 19th 2019

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Does Silk Road Energy Services Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Silk Road Energy Services Group insiders own 27% of the company, worth about HK$55m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Silk Road Energy Services Group Tell Us?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We're in no rush to buy! I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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