Need To Know: SmileDirectClub, Inc. (NASDAQ:SDC) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in SmileDirectClub, Inc. (NASDAQ:SDC).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At SmileDirectClub

CEO & Chairman David Katzman made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$684k worth of shares at a price of US$18.50 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$12.37 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

While SmileDirectClub insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. They paid about US$16.54 on average. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:SDC Recent Insider Trading, February 20th 2020
NasdaqGS:SDC Recent Insider Trading, February 20th 2020

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SmileDirectClub Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, SmileDirectClub insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Independent Director Richard Wallman spent US$115k on stock, and there wasn’t any selling. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of SmileDirectClub

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.1% of SmileDirectClub shares, worth about US$7.2m, according to our data. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Does This Data Suggest About SmileDirectClub Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. We would certainly prefer see higher levels of insider ownership but analysis of the insider transactions suggests that SmileDirectClub insiders are expecting a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for SmileDirectClub.

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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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