Over the past year, insiders sold US$47m worth of CS Disco, Inc. (NYSE:LAW) stock at an average price of US$51.28 per share allowing them to get the most out of their money. The company's market valuation decreased by US$214m after the stock price dropped 10% over the past week, but insiders were spared from painful losses.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
CS Disco Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Co-Founder, Kiwi Camara, sold US$36m worth of shares at a price of US$51.28 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$32.67. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$201k for 6.27k shares. But they sold 907.87k shares for US$47m. In total, CS Disco insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Does CS Disco Boast High Insider Ownership?
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. CS Disco insiders own about US$246m worth of shares (which is 13% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At CS Disco Tell Us?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded CS Disco shares in the last quarter. While we feel good about high insider ownership of CS Disco, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. When we did our research, we found 3 warning signs for CS Disco (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
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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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