It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in ProAssurance Corporation (NYSE:PRA).
What Is Insider Selling?
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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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ProAssurance Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Senior VP of Corporate Communications & Investor Relations Frank O’Neil made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$122k worth of shares at a price of US$40.75 each. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 7.00k shares for a total of US$282k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by ProAssurance insiders. They paid about US$40.31 on average. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (US$40.96). The chart below shows insider transactions (by 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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Does ProAssurance Boast High Insider Ownership?
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. Insiders own 1.9% of ProAssurance shares, worth about US$42m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About ProAssurance Insiders?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded ProAssurance shares in the last quarter. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders do have a stake in ProAssurance and their transactions don’t cause us concern. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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