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 before you buy or sell Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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’.
Denny’s Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the CEO, President & Director, John Miller, sold US$2.3m worth of shares at a price of US$18.25 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$23.06). 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. It is worth noting that this sale was only 18.8% of John Miller’s holding.
In the last twelve months insiders netted US$3.1m for 170k shares sold. Insiders in Denny’s 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!
Insider Ownership of Denny’s
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Denny’s insiders own 3.6% of the company, worth about US$50m. 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 Denny’s Insider Transactions Indicate?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Our analysis of Denny’s insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Denny’s, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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