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Did B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS) Insiders Sell Shares?

Andrew Edmonds

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE:BGS), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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B&G Foods Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Director Cheryl Palmer made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$354k worth of shares at a price of US$29.52 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$28.66. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$346k for 13.08k shares. But insiders sold 27.87k shares worth US$801k. In total, B&G Foods insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$28.75, on average. It’s not too encouraging to see that insiders have sold at below the current price. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:BGS Insider Trading January 11th 19

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B&G Foods Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at B&G Foods. In total, Cheryl Palmer sold US$354k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the directors think that the shares are a bargain.

Does B&G Foods Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. 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 2.3% of B&G Foods shares, worth about US$42m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At B&G Foods Tell Us?

An insider hasn’t bought B&G Foods stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn’t make us feel much more positive. But it is good to see that B&G Foods is growing earnings. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. 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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