Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PXLW)?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Pixelworks, Inc. (NASDAQ:PXLW), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.’

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Pixelworks Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director David Tupman for US$101k worth of shares, at about US$3.36 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$2.87 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 104k shares for a total of US$348k. In the last twelve months Pixelworks insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGM:PXLW Recent Insider Trading, May 29th 2019
NasdaqGM:PXLW Recent Insider Trading, May 29th 2019

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Insiders at Pixelworks Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Pixelworks insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$340k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 13% of Pixelworks shares, worth about US$14m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Pixelworks Insiders?

The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. Insiders likely see value in Pixelworks shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Pixelworks.

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