It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Lancaster Colony Corporation (NASDAQ:LANC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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’.
Lancaster Colony Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Senior Vice President of Foodservice Sales of T. Marzetti Company, Timothy Tate, for US$131k worth of shares, at about US$176 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$156. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 1247 shares worth US$209k. Insiders in Lancaster Colony didn’t buy any shares in the last year. 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!
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Insider Ownership of Lancaster Colony
For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Lancaster Colony insiders own 28% of the company, currently worth about US$1.2b based on the recent share price. 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 Lancaster Colony Insider Transactions Indicate?
The fact that there have been no Lancaster Colony insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Lancaster Colony insiders selling. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Lancaster Colony, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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