Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Gencor Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GENC)?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Gencor Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:GENC).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Gencor Industries

President & Director Marc Elliott made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$355k worth of shares at a price of US$16.14 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$14.18. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. 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.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 72.89k shares worth US$1.2m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Gencor Industries than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$16.28, on average. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. 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 the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NASDAQGM:GENC Insider Trading February 18th 19
NASDAQGM:GENC Insider Trading February 18th 19

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Does Gencor Industries Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that Gencor Industries insiders own 38% of the company, worth about US$79m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Gencor Industries Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Gencor Industries insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Gencor Industries insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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