Have Insiders Been Selling Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Best Buy Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Richard Schulze, sold US$18m worth of shares at a price of US$69.53 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$73.79). As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was only 0.7% of Richard Schulze’s holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 1.0m shares worth US$73m. In the last year Best Buy insiders didn’t buy any company stock. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:BBY Recent Insider Trading, April 26th 2019
NYSE:BBY Recent Insider Trading, April 26th 2019

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Best Buy Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Best Buy shares. In total, insiders sold US$66m 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

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Best Buy insiders own about US$2.7b worth of shares (which is 14% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Best Buy Tell Us?

Insiders haven’t bought Best Buy 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 since Best Buy is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. 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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