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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO)?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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 Columbia University study found that 'insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers'.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Thor Industries

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director James Ziemer for US$409k worth of shares, at about US$81.74 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$45.07). It's very possible they regret the purchase, but it's more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 12545 shares for a total of US$846k. While Thor Industries insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about US$67.46. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price attractive. 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:THO Recent Insider Trading, August 19th 2019

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Insiders at Thor Industries Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Thor Industries insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. James Ziemer spent US$203k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Does Thor Industries Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 4.0% of Thor Industries shares, worth about US$98m. 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 Thor Industries Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Thor Industries we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Thor Industries.

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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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