Have Insiders Been Selling Match Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTCH) Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Match Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:MTCH).

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

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Match Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the President, Sharmistha Dubey, for US$5.3m worth of shares, at about US$58.06 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$70.73. 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. We note that the biggest single sale was 69.6% of Sharmistha Dubey’s holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 289k shares worth US$15m. In the last year Match Group insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:MTCH Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:MTCH Recent Insider Trading, May 16th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Match Group

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Match Group insiders own 0.2% of the company, 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.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Match Group Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Still, the insider transactions at Match Group in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Match Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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