Some Quantum Corporation (NASDAQ:QMCO) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Chairman, James Lerner, recently sold a substantial US$809k worth of stock at a price of US$6.12 per share. However, it's crucial to note that they remain very much invested in the stock and that sale only reduced their holding by 9.9%.
Quantum Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In fact, the recent sale by James Lerner was the biggest sale of Quantum shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (US$6.24). We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 9.9% of James Lerner's holding.
Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Quantum shares, than buying. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insider Ownership of Quantum
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Quantum insiders own about US$19m worth of shares. That equates to 5.3% of the company. 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 Quantum Insider Transactions Indicate?
Insiders sold Quantum shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. We're in no rush to buy! So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To help with this, we've discovered 4 warning signs (1 is a bit concerning!) that you ought to be aware of before buying any shares in Quantum.
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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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