Have Insiders Been Selling Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII) Shares?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc. (NYSE:HII).

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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Huntington Ingalls Industries Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The , D. Stabler, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.2m worth of shares at a price of US$207 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$230). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent 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. This single sale was just 26.6% of D. Stabler’s stake.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 20175 shares for a total of US$4.2m. Insiders in Huntington Ingalls Industries didn’t buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:HII Recent Insider Trading, July 11th 2019
NYSE:HII Recent Insider Trading, July 11th 2019

Insiders at Huntington Ingalls Industries Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Huntington Ingalls Industries shares. Specifically, insiders ditched US$874k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of Huntington Ingalls 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. Huntington Ingalls Industries insiders own 2.5% of the company, currently worth about US$237m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Huntington Ingalls Industries Insiders?

Insiders sold Huntington Ingalls Industries shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. But since Huntington Ingalls Industries is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Huntington Ingalls Industries, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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