Investors who take an interest in Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ:SABR) should definitely note that the CFO & Executive VP, Michael Randolfi, recently paid US$4.79 per share to buy US$479k worth of the stock. We reckon that's a good sign, especially since the purchase boosted their holding by 92%.
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Sabre Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In fact, the recent purchase by Michael Randolfi was the biggest purchase of Sabre shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$5.25. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Sabre share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. Michael Randolfi was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Does Sabre 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. From our data, it seems that Sabre insiders own 0.5% of the company, worth about US$9.2m. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!
So What Does This Data Suggest About Sabre Insiders?
It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on Sabre stock. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. To that end, you should learn about the 2 warning signs we've spotted with Sabre (including 1 which is a bit unpleasant).
Of course Sabre may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.
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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