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Have Insiders Been Selling ExlService Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXLS) Shares?

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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 ExlService Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXLS).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At ExlService Holdings

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Chief Growth Officer & Executive VP, Nagaraja Srivatsan, for US$234k worth of shares, at about US$59.96 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$66.55. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. 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. This single sale was 56.8% of Nagaraja Srivatsan's stake.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$227k for 4074 shares. On the other hand they divested 7852 shares, for US$463k. In total, ExlService Holdings insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGS:EXLS Recent Insider Trading, July 4th 2019

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Does ExlService Holdings Boast High 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. It appears that ExlService Holdings insiders own 3.3% of the company, worth about US$75m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About ExlService Holdings Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. Our analysis of ExlService Holdings insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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