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Have Insiders Been Selling Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI) Shares This Year?

Andrew Carroll

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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 Service Corporation International (NYSE:SCI).

What Is Insider Buying?

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Service International

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman & CEO Thomas Ryan for US$3.7m worth of shares, at about US$41.20 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$42.73. Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 8.4% of Thomas Ryan’s stake.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 210.87k shares worth US$8.8m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Service International shares, than buying. The sellers received a price of around US$41.75, on average. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:SCI Recent Insider Trading, February 21st 2019

I will like Service International better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Service International

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with 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. Service International insiders own 3.0% of the company, currently worth about US$234m 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 Do The Service International Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Service International shares in the last quarter. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Service International, we can’t say the same about the selling of shares. 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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