Bullish insiders at Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:KW) loaded up on US$1.2m of stock earlier this year
In the last year, multiple insiders have substantially increased their holdings of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:KW) stock, indicating that insiders' optimism about the company's prospects has increased.
While insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.
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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Kennedy-Wilson Holdings
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Stanley Zax for US$635k worth of shares, at about US$18.15 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$18.05). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 59.00k shares worth US$1.2m. On the other hand they divested 23.67k shares, for US$381k. In total, Kennedy-Wilson Holdings insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around US$20.31. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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Insider Ownership Of Kennedy-Wilson Holdings
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. It's great to see that Kennedy-Wilson Holdings insiders own 15% of the company, worth about US$371m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Tell Us?
There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. It would be great to see more insider buying, but overall it seems like Kennedy-Wilson Holdings insiders are reasonably well aligned (owning significant chunk of the company's shares) and optimistic for the future. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For example, Kennedy-Wilson Holdings has 4 warning signs (and 2 which are a bit concerning) we think 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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