Have Insiders Been Buying LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS).

What Is Insider Selling?

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 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 LSI Industries

Director Robert Steele made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$52k worth of shares at a price of US$5.24 each. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 50.84k shares for US$259k. But insiders sold 15.20k shares worth US$68k. Overall, LSI Industries insiders were net buyers last year. They paid about US$5.09 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around US$3.33). The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NASDAQGS:LYTS Insider Trading February 20th 19
NASDAQGS:LYTS Insider Trading February 20th 19

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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. Based on our data, LSI Industries insiders have about 2.5% of the stock, worth approximately US$2.2m. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Do The LSI Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more LSI Industries stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in LSI Industries, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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