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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 Cogent Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CCOI).
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.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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.'
Cogent Communications Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director, David Bath, sold US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$55.03 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$54.94. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).
We note that in the last year insiders divested 74780 shares for a total of US$3.9m. In the last year Cogent Communications Holdings insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Insiders at Cogent Communications Holdings Have Sold Stock Recently
The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Cogent Communications Holdings shares. Specifically, insiders ditched US$874k 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 insiders think that the shares are a bargain.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Cogent Communications Holdings insiders own 10% of the company, currently worth about US$257m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Cogent Communications Holdings Insiders?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. On the plus side, Cogent Communications Holdings makes money, and is growing profits. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. 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.
But note: Cogent Communications Holdings may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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