This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT)

We wouldn’t blame Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Jerry Thornton, the Director recently netted about US$857k selling shares at an average price of US$53.45. That sale reduced their total holding by 22.6% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we’ve seen.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Applied Industrial Technologies

In fact, the recent sale by Director Jerry Thornton was not their only sale of Applied Industrial Technologies shares this year. Earlier in the year, they fetched US$53.45 per share in a -US$856.8k sale. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$53.39. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$1.3m for 23121 shares sold. Insiders in Applied Industrial Technologies didn’t buy any shares in the last year. 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!

NYSE:AIT Recent Insider Trading, September 2nd 2019
NYSE:AIT Recent Insider Trading, September 2nd 2019

Insider Ownership

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. Insiders own 1.3% of Applied Industrial Technologies shares, worth about US$26m. 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 Applied Industrial Technologies Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider hasn’t bought Applied Industrial Technologies 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. But since Applied Industrial Technologies is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. 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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