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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Atrion Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRI).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’
Atrion Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Vice President Jeffery Strickland made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.5m worth of shares at a price of US$771 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$773, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was 54% of Jeffery Strickland’s stake. Jeffery Strickland was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.
You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insider Ownership of Atrion
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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Atrion insiders own about US$231m worth of shares (which is 16% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Atrion Tell Us?
An insider haven’t bought Atrion stock in the last three months, but they sure did sell some. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. But since Atrion is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if Atrion is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.
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