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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Kulicke and Soffa Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:KLIC).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Kulicke and Soffa Industries
In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Peter Kong bought US$134k worth of shares at a price of US$26.89 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.
In the last twelve months insiders paid US$337k for 14.19k shares purchased. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Kulicke and Soffa Industries insiders. The average buy price was around US$23.73. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$21.01. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insiders at Kulicke and Soffa Industries Have Bought Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Kulicke and Soffa Industries. Specifically, Peter Kong bought US$103k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.
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 Kulicke and Soffa Industries insiders own 2.4% of the company, worth about US$32m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Do The Kulicke and Soffa Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Kulicke and Soffa Industries insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.
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