Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Ooma, Inc. (NYSE:OOMA)?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ooma, Inc. (NYSE:OOMA).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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Ooma Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The President, Eric Stang, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$301k worth of shares at a price of US$15.82 each. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. It’s of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$12.07. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 39391 shares for a total of US$534k. In the last year Ooma insiders didn’t buy any company stock. 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!

NYSE:OOMA Recent Insider Trading, August 27th 2019
NYSE:OOMA Recent Insider Trading, August 27th 2019

Insiders at Ooma Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Ooma. Specifically, insiders ditched US$233k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Ooma Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Ooma insiders own 7.7% of the company, worth about US$19m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Ooma Insiders?

Insiders haven’t bought Ooma stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’re in no rush to buy! 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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