Have Insiders Been Selling Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE:SUI) Shares?

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 Sun Communities, Inc. (NYSE:SUI).

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Sun Communities

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by President & COO John McLaren for US$625k worth of shares, at about US$96.16 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$108, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 4% of John McLaren’s holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 9.90k shares for a total of US$938k. In total, Sun Communities insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$94.77, on average. 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. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:SUI Insider Trading December 17th 18
NYSE:SUI Insider Trading December 17th 18

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Sun Communities Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Sun Communities shares. Specifically, Lead Independent Director Clunet Lewis ditched US$120k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the directors think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership of Sun Communities

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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 Sun Communities insiders own 3.0% of the company, worth about US$292m. 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 Sun Communities Tell Us?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. But it is good to see that Sun Communities 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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