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 Wrap Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:WRTC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Wrap Technologies
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chief Technology Officer Elwood Norris for US$1.0m worth of shares, at about US$3.00 per share. Even though the purchase was made at a significantly lower price than the recent price (US$4.26), we still think insider buying is a positive. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 388k shares for a total of US$1.2m. In the last twelve months Wrap Technologies insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Wrap Technologies Insiders Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that Wrap Technologies insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. We can see that Independent Director Patrick Kinsella paid US$116k for shares in the company. No-one sold. That shows some optimism about the company's future.
Does Wrap Technologies 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. Wrap Technologies insiders own about US$69m worth of shares (which is 54% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Wrap Technologies Tell Us?
The recent insider purchase is heartening. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. But on the other hand, the company made a loss last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Wrap Technologies insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. Nice! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Wrap Technologies, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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