Are Insiders Selling TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TESS) Stock?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (NASDAQ:TESS), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, including certain disclosures.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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TESSCO Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Founder & Executive Chairman Robert Barnhill for US$430k worth of shares, at about US$18.02 per share. That is hardly a positive sign, even though it took place above the latest price (US$11.76). So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 80.15k shares for a total of US$1.5m. In total, TESSCO Technologies insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$18.54. We are not joyful about insider selling. However, we do note that the average sale price was significantly higher than the current share price (which is US$11.76). 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:TESS Insider Trading December 10th 18
NasdaqGS:TESS Insider Trading December 10th 18

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Insider Ownership of TESSCO Technologies

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. TESSCO Technologies insiders own about US$24m worth of shares. That equates to 24% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About TESSCO Technologies Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by TESSCO Technologies insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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