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 Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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, 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Oshkosh
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Marek May sold US$402k worth of shares at a price of US$79.39 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$62.77. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.
Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Oshkosh shares, than buying. The sellers received a price of around US$81.56, on average. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insiders at Oshkosh Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Oshkosh. We can see that Tina Schoner paid US$67k for shares in the company. No-one sold. That shows some optimism about the company’s future.
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Oshkosh insiders own 1.2% of the company, currently worth about US$50m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Oshkosh Insiders?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. However, the longer term transactions are not so encouraging. While recent transactions indicate confidence in Oshkosh, insiders don’t own enough of the company to overcome our cautiousness about the longer term transactions. Overall they seem reasonably aligned. 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.
But note: Oshkosh may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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