Read This Before Buying Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO) Shares

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 before you buy or sell Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE:BRO), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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’.

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Brown & Brown Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Executive VP & President of Wholesale Brokerage Division, Anthony Strianese, for US$1.0m worth of shares, at about US$29.17 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$30.57). We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it’s only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 10.9% of Anthony Strianese’s holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 47601 shares worth US$1.4m. In the last year Brown & Brown insiders didn’t buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:BRO Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019
NYSE:BRO Recent Insider Trading, April 22nd 2019

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Insiders at Brown & Brown Have Sold Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Brown & Brown. In total, insiders dumped US$1.3m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of Brown & Brown

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. Brown & Brown insiders own about US$1.4b worth of shares (which is 17% of the company). 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 Brown & Brown Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold Brown & Brown shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn’t see any purchases. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Brown & Brown, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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