We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC).
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.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.’
Intel Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman of the Board Andy Bryant for US$1.9m worth of shares, at about US$52.97 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$53.57. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 7.6% of Andy Bryant’s holding.
In the last twelve months insiders netted US$4.6m for 86.99k shares sold. All up, insiders sold more shares in Intel than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$52.65. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insider Ownership of Intel
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. Intel insiders own about US$105m worth of shares (which is 0.04% of the company). 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 Intel Tell Us?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Intel shares in the last quarter. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Intel insiders selling. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Intel, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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