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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in WD-40 Company (NASDAQ:WDFC).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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’.
WD-40 Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Chief Strategy Officer, Michael Freeman, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$167 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$165. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price 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 saw more insider selling of WD-40 shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insiders at WD-40 Have Sold Stock Recently
We’ve seen more insider selling than insider buying at WD-40 recently. We note Division President of the Americas & Chief Brand Officer Steven Brass cashed in US$135k worth of shares. On the flip side, Director Daniel Pittard spent US$66k on purchasing shares (as mentioned above). Because the selling vastly outweighs the buying, we’d say this is a somewhat bearish sign.
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that WD-40 insiders own 3.0% of the company, worth about US$68m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Do The WD-40 Insider Transactions Indicate?
The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at WD-40, in the last three months. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn’t make us feel much more positive. But since WD-40 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. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for WD-40.
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