Who Has Been Selling Constellation Software Inc. (TSE:CSU) Shares?

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Simply Wall St
Published
December 22, 2020

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Constellation Software Inc. (TSE:CSU).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year'.

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Constellation Software Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chief Financial Officer, Jamal Baksh, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for CA$3.8m worth of shares at a price of CA$1,250 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of CA$1,695, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. We note that the biggest single sale was 53% of Jamal Baksh's holding.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 2.61k shares worth CA$3.5m. But they sold 7.87k shares for CA$11m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Constellation Software than they bought, over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

TSX:CSU Insider Trading Volume December 22nd 2020

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Does Constellation Software 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that Constellation Software insiders own 6.2% of the company, worth about CA$2.2b. 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 Do The Constellation Software Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. It's heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we'd like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Constellation Software insider transactions don't fill us with confidence. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Constellation Software. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with Constellation Software and understanding this 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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