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Several Insiders Invested In Origin Materials Flagging Positive News

Usually, when one insider buys stock, it might not be a monumental event. But when multiple insiders are buying like they did in the case of Origin Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORGN), that sends out a positive message to the company's shareholders.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.

See our latest analysis for Origin Materials

Origin Materials Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Independent Chairman of the Board Karen Richardson made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$200k worth of shares at a price of US$1.37 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$1.47. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the Origin Materials insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

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In the last twelve months insiders purchased 219.29k shares for US$300k. On the other hand they divested 47.94k shares, for US$266k. In total, Origin Materials insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. 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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Origin Materials is not the only stock that insiders are buying. For those who like to find winning investments this free list of growing companies with recent insider purchasing, could be just the ticket.

Origin Materials Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen significantly more insider buying, than insider selling, at Origin Materials. Insiders spent US$300k on shares. But we did see Independent Director Pia Cook sell shares worth US$20k. The buying outweighs the selling, which suggests that insiders may believe the company will do well in the future.

Does Origin Materials Boast High Insider Ownership?

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 9.2% of Origin Materials shares, worth about US$19m. 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 Origin Materials Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Origin Materials we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To help with this, we've discovered 3 warning signs (2 are a bit concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Origin Materials.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.

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