Who Has Been Buying LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in LSI Industries Inc. (NASDAQ:LYTS).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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LSI Industries Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Robert Steele for US$52k worth of shares, at about US$5.24 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$3.60 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 60837 shares worth US$291k. But insiders sold 15204 shares worth US$68k. Overall, LSI Industries insiders were net buyers last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:LYTS Recent Insider Trading, May 24th 2019
NasdaqGS:LYTS Recent Insider Trading, May 24th 2019

There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Insider Ownership of LSI Industries

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From looking at our data, insiders own US$2.5m worth of LSI Industries stock, about 2.7% of the company. We prefer to see high levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The LSI Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no LSI Industries insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think LSI Industries insiders are doubting the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for LSI Industries.

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