We'd be surprised if Acadia Healthcare Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHC) shareholders haven't noticed that the Executive Vice President of Operations, John Hollinsworth, recently sold US$332k worth of stock at US$66.31 per share. However, the silver lining is that the sale only reduced their total holding by 8.2%, so we're hesitant to read anything much into it, on its own.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Acadia Healthcare Company
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Chairman, Reeve Waud, sold US$6.5m worth of shares at a price of US$59.12 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$64.29. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 17% of Reeve Waud's holding.
In the last year Acadia Healthcare Company insiders didn't buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insider Ownership of Acadia Healthcare Company
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. 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 Acadia Healthcare Company insiders own 1.6% of the company, worth about US$91m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Acadia Healthcare Company Tell Us?
An insider hasn't bought Acadia Healthcare Company 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. But since Acadia Healthcare Company is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. Insiders own shares, but we're still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We'd practice some caution before buying! 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've found that Acadia Healthcare Company has 2 warning signs (1 can't be ignored!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.
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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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