Have Insiders Been Selling SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR).

What Is Insider Selling?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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SunPower Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the , Vidul Prakash, for US$171k worth of shares, at about US$6.88 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$12.39. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, 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. It is worth noting that this sale was 80.8% of Vidul Prakash’s holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$175k for 25648 shares sold. Insiders in SunPower didn’t buy any shares in the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:SPWR Recent Insider Trading, July 9th 2019
NasdaqGS:SPWR Recent Insider Trading, July 9th 2019

Does SunPower Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. 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 1.0% of SunPower shares, worth about US$17m. 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 Do The SunPower Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded SunPower shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at SunPower in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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