Who Has Been Selling Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG) Shares?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 before you buy or sell Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE:PAG), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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Penske Automotive Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The President & Director, Robert Kurnick, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$395k worth of shares at a price of US$46.05 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$45.89. We generally don’t like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 16235 shares worth US$734k. In the last year Penske Automotive Group insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:PAG Recent Insider Trading, July 15th 2019
NYSE:PAG Recent Insider Trading, July 15th 2019

Insiders at Penske Automotive Group Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Penske Automotive Group shares. In total, insiders dumped US$512k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it’s not the be all and end all.

Insider Ownership of Penske Automotive Group

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 1.8% of Penske Automotive Group shares, worth about US$70m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Penske Automotive Group Tell Us?

Insiders sold Penske Automotive Group shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Penske Automotive Group, 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.

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