Albert Rosenthaler Is The Chief Corporate Development Officer of Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTE.A) And They Just Sold 26% Of Their Shares

We’d be surprised if Qurate Retail, Inc. (NASDAQ:QRTE.A) shareholders haven’t noticed that the Chief Corporate Development Officer, Albert Rosenthaler, recently sold US$491k worth of stock at US$8.32 per share. The eyebrow raising move amounted to a reduction of 26% in their holding.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Qurate Retail

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when President Michael George bought US$3.1m worth of shares at a price of US$12.86 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$8.17 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 394.57k shares for US$4.9m. On the other hand they divested 58992 shares, for US$491k. In total, Qurate Retail insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:QRTE.A Recent Insider Trading, December 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:QRTE.A Recent Insider Trading, December 16th 2019

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Insider Ownership

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. Qurate Retail insiders own 9.0% of the company, currently worth about US$305m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Qurate Retail Tell Us?

An insider sold Qurate Retail shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. But we take heart from prior transactions. And insider ownership remains quite considerable. So the recent selling doesn’t worry us. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Qurate Retail, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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