Did Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT) Insiders Sell Shares?

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLCT).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Collectors Universe

The President, Joseph Orlando, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$117k worth of shares at a price of US$21.89 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$24.75). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent 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. It is worth noting that this sale was only 16% of Joseph Orlando’s holding.

Insiders in Collectors Universe didn’t buy any shares in the last year. 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!

NasdaqGM:CLCT Recent Insider Trading, February 23rd 2020
NasdaqGM:CLCT Recent Insider Trading, February 23rd 2020

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that Collectors Universe insiders own 2.8% of the company, worth about US$6.3m. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Do The Collectors Universe Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Collectors Universe insiders. And usually insiders own more stock in the company, according to our data. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free.

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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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