Anyone interested in Simulations Plus, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLP) should probably be aware that the Chief Executive Officer, Shawn O'Connor, recently divested US$309k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$56.25 each. That sale was 46% of their holding, so it does make us raise an eyebrow.
Simulations Plus Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Notably, that recent sale by Shawn O'Connor is the biggest insider sale of Simulations Plus shares that we've seen in the last year. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$55.42. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.
Simulations Plus insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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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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. Simulations Plus insiders own about US$266m worth of shares (which is 24% 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 Simulations Plus Tell Us?
An insider hasn't bought Simulations Plus stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. On the plus side, Simulations Plus makes money, and is growing profits. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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 Simulations Plus 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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