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Have Insiders Been Buying Summit Materials, Inc. (NYSE:SUM) Shares This Year?

Felix Olson

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Summit Materials, Inc. (NYSE:SUM).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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. 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.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Summit Materials

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Executive VP & COO Karl Watson for US$751k worth of shares, at about US$21.19 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$1.5m for 85.75k shares. But they sold 10.00k for US$322k. Overall, Summit Materials insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$17.75. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$17.57 attractive. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:SUM Recent Insider Trading, February 24th 2019

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Summit Materials Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Summit Materials insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Overall, 2 insiders shelled out US$561k for shares in the company — and none sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Insider Ownership of Summit Materials

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. From our data, it seems that Summit Materials insiders own 0.4% of the company, worth about US$7.2m. Whilst better than nothing, we’re not overly impressed by these holdings.

So What Do The Summit Materials Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we’d like to see, the history of transactions imply that Summit Materials insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. 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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