Have Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) Insiders Been Selling Their Stock?

Anyone interested in Cohu, Inc. (NASDAQ:COHU) should probably be aware that the Lead Independent Director, Steven Bilodeau, recently divested US$127k worth of shares in the company, at an average price of US$23.12 each. The eyebrow raising move amounted to a reduction of 24% in their holding.

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Cohu Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Senior Vice President of Global Customer Group, Pascal Rondé, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$195k worth of shares at a price of US$19.49 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$21.72, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don’t know for sure what they think of the stock price. This single sale was just 16% of Pascal Rondé’s stake.

In total, Cohu insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:COHU Recent Insider Trading, February 24th 2020
NasdaqGS:COHU Recent Insider Trading, February 24th 2020

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Does Cohu Boast High 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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 3.0% of Cohu shares, worth about US$26m. 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 Cohu Tell Us?

An insider sold Cohu shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn’t give us much comfort. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Cohu.

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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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