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 Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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’.
Pacific Ethanol Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Founder Neil Koehler bought US$96k worth of shares at a price of US$3.20 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 52.00k shares worth US$172k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Pacific Ethanol insiders. Their average price was about US$3.31. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around US$1.14). 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!
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I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. From looking at our data, insiders own US$2.1m worth of Pacific Ethanol stock, about 4.0% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Pacific Ethanol Tell Us?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Pacific Ethanol shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Pacific Ethanol insiders bought more shares in the company. 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.
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