Need To Know: Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ:MTRX) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ:MTRX).

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Matrix Service Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when CEO, President & Director John Hewitt sold US$1.2m worth of shares at a price of US$19.30 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$20.28, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 36.1% of John Hewitt’s stake.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$4.0m for 182.81k shares sold. All up, insiders sold more shares in Matrix Service than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$21.88. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. 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!

NASDAQGS:MTRX Insider Trading January 25th 19
NASDAQGS:MTRX Insider Trading January 25th 19

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Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Matrix Service insiders own 2.1% of the company, worth about US$12m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Matrix Service Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Matrix Service shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Matrix Service insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Matrix Service.

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