We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA).
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 in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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’.
U.S. Silica Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director William Kacal for US$189k worth of shares, at about US$18.88 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$12.93. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 37614 shares worth US$593k. On the other hand they divested 6957 shares, for US$89k. Overall, U.S. Silica Holdings insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about US$15.77. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
U.S. Silica Holdings Insiders Bought Stock Recently
We saw some U.S. Silica Holdings insider buying shares in the last three months. Director Bonnie Cruickshank-Lind shelled out US$11k for shares in that time. It’s great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.
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. It appears that U.S. Silica Holdings insiders own 1.6% of the company, worth about US$15m. 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 U.S. Silica Holdings Insiders?
Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. Overall the buying isn’t worth writing home about. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think U.S. Silica Holdings insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for U.S. Silica Holdings.
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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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