We wouldn't blame Commercial Metals Company (NYSE:CMC) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Barbara Smith, the Executive Chairman of the Board recently netted about US$7.1m selling shares at an average price of US$49.89. That sale reduced their total holding by 26% which is hardly insignificant, but far from the worst we've seen.
Commercial Metals Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Notably, that recent sale by Barbara Smith is the biggest insider sale of Commercial Metals shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (US$49.90). As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. This single sale was just 26% of Barbara Smith's stake.
All up, insiders sold more shares in Commercial Metals than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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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. Commercial Metals insiders own about US$56m worth of shares. That equates to 1.0% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Commercial Metals Insiders?
The insider sales have outweighed the insider buying, at Commercial Metals, in the last three months. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We're in no rush to buy! While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. For example, Commercial Metals has 3 warning signs (and 1 which doesn't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.
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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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.
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Commercial Metals Company manufactures, recycles, and fabricates steel and metal products, and related materials and services in the United States, Poland, China, and internationally.
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