Definition of Insider ownership Stock terms & definitions

Insider Ownership is calculated as the total number of shares owned by insiders (shareholders who own more than 5% of the corporation or an officer or director of the company) divided by the total Shares Outstanding.

A high value of insider ownership means that those working for the company have a large stake in the success of the company. This is sometimes seen as a sign that those running the company will work hard to ensure its success or believe the company's stock price will rise.

A change in insider ownership may come from exercise of option, stock grant and buying or selling of company shares. A purchase of company share signifies a confidence in the company's future performance by people who know the company best. Therefore, Net Insider buying is also an important indicator for investors.