Michael Walter Is The Independent Director of Lindsay Corporation (NYSE:LNN) And They Just Sold 26% Of Their Shares

We’d be surprised if Lindsay Corporation (NYSE:LNN) shareholders haven’t noticed that the Independent Director, Michael Walter, recently sold US$323k worth of stock at US$108 per share. That sale was 26% of their holding, so it does make us raise an eyebrow.

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Lindsay Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent sale by Michael Walter was the biggest sale of Lindsay shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$110. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. 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. This single sale was just 26% of Michael Walter’s stake.

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!

NYSE:LNN Recent Insider Trading, February 14th 2020
NYSE:LNN Recent Insider Trading, February 14th 2020

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 0.9% of Lindsay shares, worth about US$11m. 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 Lindsay Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. 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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