Have Insiders Been Buying Smart Sand, Inc. (NASDAQ:SND) Shares This Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Smart Sand, Inc. (NASDAQ:SND), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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’.

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Smart Sand Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when CEO & Director Charles Young bought US$182k worth of shares at a price of US$6.08 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 69.40k shares for US$388k. On the other hand they divested 2.90k shares, for US$21k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Smart Sand insiders. Their average price was about US$5.59. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$3.00. 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!

NasdaqGS:SND Recent Insider Trading, February 22nd 2019
NasdaqGS:SND Recent Insider Trading, February 22nd 2019

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

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. From our data, it seems that Smart Sand insiders own 6.6% of the company, worth about US$8.2m. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Smart Sand Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Smart Sand 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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