It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATVI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
Activision Blizzard Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman of the Board Brian Kelly for US$120m worth of shares, at about US$71.02 per share. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$47.75. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 1.74m shares worth US$123m. In total, Activision Blizzard insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$70.73. It is certainly not great to see that insiders have sold shares in the company. But we note that the selling, on average, was at well above the recently traded price of US$47.75. The chart below shows insider transactions 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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I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that Activision Blizzard insiders own 1.1% of the company, worth about US$399m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Activision Blizzard Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no Activision Blizzard insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we’d like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Activision Blizzard insider transactions don’t fill us with confidence. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Activision Blizzard.
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