Are Insiders Selling Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:WTS) Stock?

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 Watts Water Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:WTS).

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Watts Water Technologies

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director Emeritus, Timothy Horne, sold US$1.9m worth of shares at a price of US$81.00 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$93.00. 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 only 47% of Timothy Horne’s holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 78239 shares for a total of US$6.3m. Watts Water Technologies insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:WTS Recent Insider Trading, September 7th 2019
NYSE:WTS Recent Insider Trading, September 7th 2019

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Watts Water Technologies insiders own about US$615m worth of shares (which is 20% of the company). 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 Do The Watts Water Technologies Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Watts Water Technologies insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Watts Water Technologies insiders selling. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Watts Water Technologies.

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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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