Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL)?

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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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. 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 Sterling Construction Company

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Marian Davenport, sold US$102k worth of shares at a price of US$12.81 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$13.75, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it’s only a weak signal. This single sale was just 18.7% of Marian Davenport’s stake. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Marian Davenport.

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!

NasdaqGS:STRL Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019
NasdaqGS:STRL Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019

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

Insider Ownership of Sterling Construction Company

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Sterling Construction Company insiders own about US$20m worth of shares. That equates to 5.6% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Sterling Construction Company Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Our analysis of Sterling Construction Company insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. 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.

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