Investors who take an interest in Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ:CHDN) should definitely note that the Independent Chairman of the Board, R. Rankin, recently paid US$127 per share to buy US$127k worth of the stock. While that’s a very decent purchase to our minds, it was proportionally a bit modest, boosting their holding by just 2.5%.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Churchill Downs
Notably, that recent purchase by R. Rankin is the biggest insider purchase of Churchill Downs shares that we’ve seen in the last year. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$130 per share to be enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it’s less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.
In the last twelve months Churchill Downs insiders were buying shares, but not selling. Their average price was about US$111. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price. 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Churchill Downs insiders own about US$201m worth of shares (which is 3.9% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Churchill Downs Insiders?
It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Churchill Downs. Nice! So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. When we did our research, we found 3 warning signs for Churchill Downs (1 doesn’t sit too well with us!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
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