It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC).
What Is Insider Buying?
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.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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'.
ScanSource Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Michael Grainger for US$99k worth of shares, at about US$30.97 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$20.29). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.
While ScanSource insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. The average buy price was around US$21.29. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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ScanSource Insiders Bought Stock Recently
Over the last quarter, ScanSource insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Specifically, Independent Director Michael Grainger bought US$50k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. That shows some optimism about the company's future.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From looking at our data, insiders own US$4.2m worth of ScanSource stock, about 0.8% of the company. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.
So What Do The ScanSource Insider Transactions Indicate?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on ScanSource stock. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 1 warning sign for ScanSource you should know about.
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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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