We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Constellation Software Inc. (TSE:CSU).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Constellation Software
Lead Independent Director Stephen Scotchmer made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$6.4m worth of shares at a price of CA$928 each. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of CA$1,203. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn’t tell us much about what they think of current prices.
Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Constellation Software shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by 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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Constellation Software Insiders Are Selling The Stock
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Constellation Software. Specifically, insiders ditched US$4.0m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.
Does Constellation Software Boast High Insider Ownership?
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It’s great to see that Constellation Software insiders own 7.0% of the company, worth about CA$1.8b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Constellation Software Insiders?
Insiders sold Constellation Software shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. But since Constellation Software is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Constellation Software.
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