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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ:BGFV)?

Gabriel Boyd

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 before you buy or sell Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation (NASDAQ:BGFV), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Big 5 Sporting Goods

Lead Independent Director Van Honeycutt made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$210k worth of shares at a price of US$6.78 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term. Van Honeycutt was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

Van Honeycutt bought a total of 74.00k shares over the year at an average price of US$6.40. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NASDAQGS:BGFV Insider Trading January 31st 19

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Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data indicates that Big 5 Sporting Goods insiders own about US$3.9m worth of shares (which is 5.4% of the company). Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Big 5 Sporting Goods Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Big 5 Sporting Goods insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Big 5 Sporting Goods stock. 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.