Are Insiders Selling Constellation Software Inc. (TSE:CSU) Stock?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Constellation Software Inc. (TSE:CSU).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Constellation Software Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Lead Independent Director Stephen Scotchmer made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$6.4m worth of shares at a price of CA$928 each. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (CA$1,297), we still think insider buying is a positive. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn’t tell us much about what they think of current prices.

All up, insiders sold more shares in Constellation Software than they bought, over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

TSX:CSU Recent Insider Trading, September 2nd 2019
TSX:CSU Recent Insider Trading, September 2nd 2019

Insider Ownership of Constellation Software

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Constellation Software insiders own 6.9% of the company, currently worth about CA$1.9b based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Constellation Software Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Constellation Software insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Constellation Software insiders selling. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Constellation Software, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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