We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ:INFN).
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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Infinera
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when CEO & Director Thomas Fallon bought US$232k worth of shares at a price of US$4.63 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 150.00k shares worth US$676k. In total, Infinera insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about US$4.51. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$4.36 attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Infinera Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Infinera. Overall, 4 insiders shelled out US$676k for shares in the company — and none sold. That shows some optimism about the company’s future.
Does Infinera Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 2.2% of Infinera shares, worth about US$17m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Do The Infinera Insider Transactions Indicate?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Infinera we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Infinera, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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