Have Insiders Been Buying American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE:AWK).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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American Water Works Company Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Non-Executive Chairman Karl Kurz for US$91k worth of shares, at about US$91.30 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$114 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it’s a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. In this case we’re pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$100k for 1099 shares purchased. In the last twelve months American Water Works Company insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:AWK Recent Insider Trading, June 5th 2019
NYSE:AWK Recent Insider Trading, June 5th 2019

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Have American Water Works Company Insiders Traded Recently?

Independent director Jeffrey Edwards bought just US$337 worth of shares in that time. That’s not much at all. Looking at the net result, we don’t think these recent trades shed much light on how insiders, as a group, are feeling about the company’s prospects.

Insider Ownership of American Water Works Company

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. American Water Works Company insiders own about US$43m worth of shares. That equates to 0.2% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About American Water Works Company Insiders?

Insider purchases may have been minimal, in the last three months, but there was no selling at all. The net investment is not enough to encourage us much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in American Water Works Company and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in American Water Works Company, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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