Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ:TRS)?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ:TRS).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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TriMas Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chief Compliance Officer, Joshua Sherbin, sold US$809k worth of shares at a price of US$27.37 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$32.33, 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. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. We note that the biggest single sale was only 28.1% of Joshua Sherbin’s holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 44500 shares for a total of US$1.2m. In the last year TriMas insiders didn’t buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:TRS Recent Insider Trading, April 12th 2019
NasdaqGS:TRS Recent Insider Trading, April 12th 2019

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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. Insiders own 1.2% of TriMas shares, worth about US$18m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At TriMas Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded TriMas shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by TriMas insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for TriMas.

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