We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Group 1 Automotive, Inc. (NYSE:GPI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Group 1 Automotive
The Regional Vice President of Brazil & Director, Lincoln da Cunha Pereira Filho, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$3.1m worth of shares at a price of US$103 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$103. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. 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 12% of Lincoln da Cunha Pereira Filho’s stake.
In the last year Group 1 Automotive insiders didn’t buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Group 1 Automotive Insiders Are Selling The Stock
The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Group 1 Automotive shares. In total, insiders sold US$12m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.
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. Group 1 Automotive insiders own 5.8% of the company, currently worth about US$106m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Group 1 Automotive Insiders?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Group 1 Automotive.
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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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