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Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI) Insiders Have Been Selling

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Badger Meter, Inc. (NYSE:BMI).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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. 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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Badger Meter Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Chairman, Richard Meeusen, sold US$1.1m worth of shares at a price of US$50.01 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$54.12). 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 19.6% of Richard Meeusen's holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$5.6m for 107k shares sold. Badger Meter insiders didn't buy any shares over 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:BMI Recent Insider Trading, May 2nd 2019

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Badger Meter Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Badger Meter shares. In total, insiders sold US$1.8m 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.

Insider Ownership of Badger Meter

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Badger Meter insiders own 1.6% of the company, worth about US$26m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Badger Meter Tell Us?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We're in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Badger Meter, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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