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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Simon Property Group, Inc. (NYSE:SPG).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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’.
Simon Property Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chief Administrative Officer & President of Malls John Rulli for US$1.1m worth of shares, at about US$187 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$173. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 8.19k shares worth US$1.5m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Simon Property Group than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$183. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. 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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Insiders at Simon Property Group Have Sold Stock Recently
The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Simon Property Group shares. Specifically, John Rulli ditched US$1.1m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.
Insider Ownership of Simon Property Group
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. Simon Property Group insiders own about US$206m worth of shares (which is 0.3% of the company). I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So What Do The Simon Property Group Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider hasn’t bought Simon Property Group stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. But it is good to see that Simon Property Group is growing earnings. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. 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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