Read This Before Buying Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM) Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Oxford Industries

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Executive VP of Law & Administration Thomas Campbell for US$385k worth of shares, at about US$76.97 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$75.92. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Oxford Industries shares, than buying. The average sell price was around US$77.21. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares at below recent prices. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

NYSE:OXM Recent Insider Trading, March 11th 2019
NYSE:OXM Recent Insider Trading, March 11th 2019

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Oxford Industries Insiders Bought Stock Recently

There was some insider buying at Oxford Industries over the last quarter. Independent Director John Holder purchased US$35k worth of shares in that period. It’s great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. But the amount invested in the last three months isn’t enough for us too put much weight on it, as a single factor.

Does Oxford Industries Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Oxford Industries insiders own about US$37m worth of shares. That equates to 2.9% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Oxford Industries Insiders?

We note a that there has been a tad more insider buying than selling, recently. But the net investment is not enough to encourage us much. Still, the insider transactions at Oxford Industries in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Oxford Industries.

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