Viewing insider transactions for Acuity Brands, Inc.'s (NYSE:AYI ) over the last year, we see that insiders were net sellers. This means that a larger number of shares were sold by insiders in relation to shares purchased.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
Acuity Brands Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The insider, Peter Browning, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$191k worth of shares at a price of US$190 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$215. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was 70% of Peter Browning's holding. Peter Browning was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insider Ownership of Acuity Brands
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 1.1% of Acuity Brands shares, worth about US$85m. 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 Acuity Brands Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no Acuity Brands insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Still, the insider transactions at Acuity Brands in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Acuity Brands.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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