Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTS)?

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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Tile Shop Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTS).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

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.’

Check out our latest analysis for Tile Shop Holdings

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Tile Shop Holdings

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Chairman of the Board Peter Kamin bought US$732k worth of shares at a price of US$5.94 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$3.90. 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. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. 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 paid US$5.5m for 1.0m shares purchased. While Tile Shop Holdings insiders bought shares last year, they didn’t sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:TTS Recent Insider Trading, June 26th 2019
NasdaqGS:TTS Recent Insider Trading, June 26th 2019

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Tile Shop Holdings Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Tile Shop Holdings insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$1.2m worth of shares. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Tile Shop Holdings insiders own 28% of the company, worth about US$56m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Tile Shop Holdings Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Tile Shop Holdings we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. 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.

But note: Tile Shop Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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