Did BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI) Insiders Sell Shares?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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BE Semiconductor Industries Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman of Management Board & CEO, Richard Blickman, for €2.2m worth of shares, at about €22.46 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of €26.42, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. 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 6.2% of Richard Blickman’s stake. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Richard Blickman.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

ENXTAM:BESI Recent Insider Trading, September 4th 2019
ENXTAM:BESI Recent Insider Trading, September 4th 2019

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. BE Semiconductor Industries insiders own about €47m worth of shares. That equates to 2.5% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At BE Semiconductor Industries Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Our analysis of BE Semiconductor Industries insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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