Read This Before Selling Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) Shares

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 Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Thor Industries Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director James Ziemer for US$409k worth of shares, at about US$81.74 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$51.53 (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. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 12545 shares for a total of US$846k. Thor Industries insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. They paid about US$67.46 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 want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:THO Recent Insider Trading, August 9th 2019
NYSE:THO Recent Insider Trading, August 9th 2019

Insiders at Thor Industries Have Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Thor Industries insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. We can see that James Ziemer paid US$203k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Thor Industries 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. Thor Industries insiders own about US$112m worth of shares (which is 4.0% 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 Thor Industries Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Along with the high insider ownership, this analysis suggests that insiders are quite bullish about Thor Industries. One for the watchlist, at least! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Thor Industries, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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