Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP)?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ:CAMP).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Colombia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At CalAmp

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Senior Vice President of Corporate Development Garo Sarkissian sold US$152k worth of shares at a price of US$20.35 per share. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$12.05. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it. Garo Sarkissian was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Garo Sarkissian divested 10.00k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$20.23. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:CAMP Insider Trading December 26th 18
NasdaqGS:CAMP Insider Trading December 26th 18

I will like CalAmp better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of CalAmp

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that CalAmp insiders own 4.2% of the company, worth about US$16m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About CalAmp Insiders?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’d think twice before buying! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for CalAmp.

Of course CalAmp may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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