Who Has Been Selling PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT) 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. 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 PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT).

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.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 PriceSmart

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Jose Laparte, sold US$1.5m worth of shares at a price of US$69.99 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$59.69. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 54910 shares for a total of US$3.8m. In the last year PriceSmart insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:PSMT Recent Insider Trading, May 3rd 2019
NasdaqGS:PSMT Recent Insider Trading, May 3rd 2019

I will like PriceSmart better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

PriceSmart Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at PriceSmart. In total, insiders sold US$245k 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.

Does PriceSmart Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. PriceSmart insiders own 12% of the company, currently worth about US$219m 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.

What Might The Insider Transactions At PriceSmart Tell Us?

Insiders sold PriceSmart shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. But since PriceSmart is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. 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: PriceSmart 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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