We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FARO).
What Is Insider Selling?
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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.
FARO Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chairman & Lead Director, John Donofrio, for US$151k worth of shares, at about US$52.43 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$46.35. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn’t a major concern, though it’s hardly a good sign. John Donofrio was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.
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!
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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. FARO Technologies insiders own about US$11m worth of shares. That equates to 1.4% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Do The FARO Technologies Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no FARO Technologies insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Still, the insider transactions at FARO Technologies in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. While conducting our analysis, we found that FARO Technologies has 1 warning sign and it would be unwise to ignore this.
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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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