The fact that multiple Transcat, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNS) insiders offloaded a considerable amount of shares over the past year could have raised some eyebrows amongst investors. When analyzing insider transactions, it is usually more valuable to know whether insiders are buying versus knowing if they are selling, as the latter sends an ambiguous message. However, when multiple insiders sell stock over a specific duration, shareholders should take notice as that could possibly be a red flag.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, we do think it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Transcat
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, Charles Hadeed, sold US$680k worth of shares at a price of US$68.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$70.54, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. 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 24% of Charles Hadeed's holding.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 5.75k shares worth US$305k. On the other hand they divested 40.58k shares, for US$1.8m. In total, Transcat insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$45.52. It's not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares at below recent prices. But we wouldn't put too much weight on the insider selling. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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Insiders at Transcat Have Sold Stock Recently
There was substantially more insider selling, than buying, of Transcat shares over the last three months. In total, Independent Director Charles Hadeed sold US$680k worth of shares in that time. On the flip side, Independent Chairman Gary Haseley spent US$68k on purchasing shares. Since the selling really does outweigh the buying, we'd say that these transactions may suggest that some insiders feel the shares are not cheap.
Insider Ownership of Transcat
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. It appears that Transcat insiders own 6.6% of the company, worth about US$35m. 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 Transcat Insiders?
Unfortunately, there has been more insider selling of Transcat stock, than buying, in the last three months. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. But since Transcat is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. 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. To assist with this, we've discovered 1 warning sign that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of Transcat.
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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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