We'd be surprised if Helmerich & Payne, Inc. (NYSE:HP) shareholders haven't noticed that the Senior VP & CFO, Mark Smith, recently sold US$211k worth of stock at US$47.40 per share. However, the silver lining is that the sale only reduced their total holding by 4.3%, so we're hesitant to read anything much into it, on its own.
Helmerich & Payne Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Chairman of the Board, Hans Helmerich, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$6.4m worth of shares at a price of US$42.54 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$44.68, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 6.5% of Hans Helmerich's stake.
Helmerich & Payne insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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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Does Helmerich & Payne Boast High 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Helmerich & Payne insiders own about US$166m worth of shares (which is 3.2% of the company). 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 Helmerich & Payne Tell Us?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Helmerich & Payne. Our analysis shows 3 warning signs for Helmerich & Payne (1 can't be ignored!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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