Did Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX) Insiders Sell Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Kirby Corporation (NYSE:KEX).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Columbia 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 Kirby

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Non-Executive Chairman, Joseph Pyne, sold US$4.7m worth of shares at a price of US$87.88 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$82.15. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 122k shares worth US$11m. Insiders in Kirby didn’t buy any shares in the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:KEX Recent Insider Trading, June 11th 2019
NYSE:KEX Recent Insider Trading, June 11th 2019

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Kirby Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Kirby. Specifically, insiders ditched US$892k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Kirby Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Kirby insiders own about US$197m worth of shares (which is 4.0% of the company). 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 Do The Kirby Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders haven’t bought Kirby stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Kirby, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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