4 ASX 200 shares being scooped up by insiders

Insiders at four companies have made notable purchases recently.

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When directors, officers, or executives purchase shares in their own companies, it can send a powerful message about the business's underlying health and future prospects. Insider buying can serve as a grassroots indicator of potential, sometimes preceding positive developments that lead to stock price appreciation. For investors, these moves offer a hint to look beyond the noise of the market and consider where insiders are putting their own money.

Recently, insiders at four S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) companies — ALS Ltd (ASX: ALQ), Super Retail Group Ltd (ASX: SUL), Sonic Healthcare Ltd (ASX: SHL), and Gold Road Resources Ltd (ASX: GOR) — have made notable purchases, suggesting value that others may have overlooked.

ALS

ALS is a global testing, inspection, and certification company. It delivered its FY24 results last week, recording a 6.8% increase in revenue and a final dividend of 19.6 cents. The company has undertaken eight acquisitions over the past 12 months which are expected to add $152 million to revenue on a full year basis. It is targeting mid single digit organic revenue growth in FY25. 

Super Retail Group 

Super Retail Group is a leading retailer specialising in auto, outdoor, and sports products in Australia. The company operates through several well-known retail brands including Supercheap Auto, BCF, and Rebel. Despite current inflation and interest rate challenges, the retailer managed to record total sales growth of 2% for the first 43 weeks of FY24. It expects to open 27 stores total in FY 24 and close 4 stores. 

Sonic Healthcare

Sonic Healthcare is a global company providing laboratory medicine/pathology and radiology services across multiple countries. In its most recent earnings update Sonic Healthcare reported strong organic revenue growth with earnings before interest tax depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) forecast to be approximately $1.6 billion in FY24. Inflationary pressures are weighing on profit growth; however, the company is set to reap the benefits of FY24's investments in the form of synergies and enhanced returns from FY25 onward. 

Gold Road Resources 

Gold Road Resources is an Australian gold production and exploration company primarily focused on the Gruyere Gold Mine, one of Australia's largest and lowest-cost gold mining operations. The company produced 64,323 ounces of gold in the March quarter with production sold at a strong spot gold price of $3,137 an ounce. Analysts have recently revised forecast gold prices upwards driven by expectations of Federal Reserve rate cuts and a weakening US dollar. 

Foolish takeaway 

Insider buying can not only strengthen investor confidence but also provide a compelling narrative about latent value in ASX-listed companies. When company leaders invest their own money into their operations, it can be a strong endorsement of the business' current health and future prospects. Whether it's ALS's strategic acquisitions poised to boost revenue, Super Retail Group's expansion despite economic headwinds, Sonic Healthcare's robust growth trajectory, or Gold Road Resources capitalising on favourable gold prices, these insider purchases signal a bullish outlook for these ASX 200 shares.

Motley Fool contributor Katherine O'Brien has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia's parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. has positions in and has recommended Super Retail Group. The Motley Fool Australia has positions in and has recommended Super Retail Group. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Sonic Healthcare. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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