Did Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE:NINE) Insiders Sell 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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Nine Energy Service, Inc. (NYSE:NINE).

What Is Insider Selling?

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Nine Energy Service

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Executive VP & COO, David Crombie, for US$1.8m worth of shares, at about US$29.24 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It’s of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$20.35. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 157k shares for a total of US$4.2m. In the last year Nine Energy Service 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 click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:NINE Recent Insider Trading, May 8th 2019
NYSE:NINE Recent Insider Trading, May 8th 2019

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Insiders at Nine Energy Service Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Nine Energy Service shares. In total, David Crombie sold US$1.3m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Nine Energy Service insiders own about US$116m worth of shares (which is 19% 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.

So What Do The Nine Energy Service Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider hasn’t bought Nine Energy Service stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. 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.

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