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Are Insiders Selling Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCO) Stock?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCO).

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, 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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Columbus McKinnon Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Vice President of Crane Solutions, Peter McCormick, sold US$801k worth of shares at a price of US$38.88 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$41.97, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 49.9% of Peter McCormick's holding. Peter McCormick was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

Peter McCormick ditched 36299 shares over the year. The average price per share was US$38.46. 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!

NasdaqGS:CMCO Recent Insider Trading, June 30th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. 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 1.9% of Columbus McKinnon shares, worth about US$19m. 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 Do The Columbus McKinnon Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider 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, Columbus McKinnon makes money, and is growing profits. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We're in no rush to buy! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Columbus McKinnon.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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