Have Insiders Sold Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSE:HPS.A) Shares Recently?

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Simply Wall St
Published
September 27, 2021
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We wouldn't blame Hammond Power Solutions Inc. (TSE:HPS.A) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that William Hammond, the Chairman & CEO recently netted about CA$1.6m selling shares at an average price of CA$10.80. That sale reduced their total holding by 14% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Hammond Power Solutions

In fact, the recent sale by William Hammond was the biggest sale of Hammond Power Solutions shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of CA$10.76. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid CA$90k for 13.00k shares. But they sold 166.89k shares for CA$1.8m. In total, Hammond Power Solutions insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around CA$10.69, on average. It's not too encouraging to see that insiders have sold at below the current price. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn't jump to conclusions. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

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TSX:HPS.A Insider Trading Volume September 27th 2021

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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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Hammond Power Solutions insiders own about CA$43m worth of shares. That equates to 34% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Hammond Power Solutions Tell Us?

Unfortunately, there has been more insider selling of Hammond Power Solutions stock, than buying, in the last three months. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. But it is good to see that Hammond Power Solutions is growing earnings. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We'd practice some caution before buying! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 3 warning signs with Hammond Power Solutions and understanding these should be part of your investment process.

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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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