We'd be surprised if Oceaneering International, Inc. (NYSE:OII) shareholders haven't noticed that the Director, M. McEvoy, recently sold US$453k worth of stock at US$15.10 per share. That sale was 19% of their holding, so it does make us raise an eyebrow.
Oceaneering International Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In fact, the recent sale by Director M. McEvoy was not their only sale of Oceaneering International shares this year. Earlier in the year, they fetched US$14.50 per share in a -US$994k sale. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$15.02. 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. We note that the biggest single sale was only 30%of M. McEvoy's holding.
Insiders in Oceaneering International didn't buy any shares in the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Does Oceaneering International 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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Oceaneering International insiders own 1.3% of the company, worth about US$20m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Oceaneering International Insiders?
An insider sold Oceaneering International shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. At Simply Wall St, we found 3 warning signs for Oceaneering International that deserve your attention before buying any shares.
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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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