Have Insiders Been Selling GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE:GTT) Shares?

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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 before you buy or sell GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE:GTT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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.’

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GTT Communications Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the President, Richard Calder, for US$202k worth of shares, at about US$41.54 per share. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$22.91). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 4200 shares for US$145k. On the other hand they divested 53667 shares, for US$1.7m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of GTT Communications shares, than buying. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:GTT Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019
NYSE:GTT Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019

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GTT Communications Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at GTT Communications. Specifically, insiders ditched US$809k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership of GTT Communications

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. GTT Communications insiders own 7.9% of the company, currently worth about US$102m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About GTT Communications Insiders?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in GTT Communications, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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