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Have Insiders Been Buying Frequency Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FEIM) Shares?

Rowena Gregory

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 Frequency Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:FEIM), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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

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 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 Frequency Electronics

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by President Stanton Sloane for US$221k worth of shares, at about US$11.03 per share. 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 27.89k shares for a total of US$300k. In total, Frequency Electronics insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about US$10.76. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price of US$11.00. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGM:FEIM Insider Trading January 22nd 19

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Insiders at Frequency Electronics Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Frequency Electronics. In total, insiders bought US$58k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 14% of Frequency Electronics shares, worth about US$13m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Frequency Electronics Insiders?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don’t feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Frequency Electronics we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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.