Despite the fact that Smiths Group plc's (LON:SMIN) value has dropped 8.7% in the last week insiders who sold UK£543k worth of stock in the past 12 months have had less success. Insiders would probably have been better off holding on to their shares given that the average selling price of UK£13.75 is still lower than the current share price.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Smiths Group
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the insider, Andrew Smith, for UK£376k worth of shares, at about UK£13.75 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (UK£14.36). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 7.7% of Andrew Smith's holding.
All up, insiders sold more shares in Smiths Group than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Smiths Group Insiders Bought Stock Recently
We saw some Smiths Group insider buying shares in the last three months. Independent Chairman of the Board George Buckley shelled out UK£12k for shares in that time. It's great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. But in this case the amount purchased means the recent transaction may not be very meaningful on its own.
Does Smiths Group 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. From our data, it seems that Smiths Group insiders own 0.1% of the company, worth about UK£6.2m. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!
What Might The Insider Transactions At Smiths Group Tell Us?
Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. That said, the purchases were not large. The insider transactions at Smiths Group are not inspiring us to buy. And usually insiders own more stock in the company, according to our data. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. For example - Smiths Group has 2 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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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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