Independent Director Michael Todman Just Bought Shares In Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL)

Even if it’s not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Michael Todman, the Independent Director of Newell Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:NWL) recently shelled out US$79k to buy stock, at US$15.76 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 7.4%, and it wasn’t a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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Newell Brands Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Brett Icahn bought US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$20.05 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$16.10. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$2.1m for 105k shares. But insiders sold 22331 shares worth US$524k. Overall, Newell Brands insiders were net buyers last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:NWL Recent Insider Trading, August 21st 2019
NasdaqGS:NWL Recent Insider Trading, August 21st 2019

Does Newell Brands Boast High 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 0.7% of Newell Brands shares, worth about US$44m. 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 Newell Brands Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Newell Brands insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. 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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