Have Insiders Been Selling Carnival plc (LON:CCL) Shares?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell Carnival plc (LON:CCL), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Carnival

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Group Chief Executive Officer of Costa Group & Carnival Asia Michael Thamm for UK£2.0m worth of shares, at about UK£43.31 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of UK£37.61. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders netted UK£2.1m for 48.58k shares sold. All up, insiders sold more shares in Carnival than they bought, over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$43.19. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

LSE:CCL Recent Insider Trading, April 1st 2019
LSE:CCL Recent Insider Trading, April 1st 2019

I will like Carnival better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insiders at Carnival Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Carnival. In total, Company Secretary & General Counsel Arnaldo Perez sold US$93k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Carnival

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that Carnival insiders own 0.03% of the company, worth about UK£7.1m. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The Carnival Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold Carnival shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, Carnival makes money, and is growing profits. Insiders own relatively few shares in the company, and when you consider the sales, we’re not particularly excited about the stock. We’d certainly think twice before buying! 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.

But note: Carnival may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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