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Have Insiders Been Selling International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) Shares?

Will Harmon

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 International Paper Company (NYSE:IP).

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

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 Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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International Paper Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when C. Ealy sold US$1.2m worth of shares at a price of US$56.79 per share. While the sale doesn’t make us feel confident, we do note it was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$46.27. So it is hard to draw any strong conclusion from it.

In total, International Paper insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$54.55. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price of US$46.27. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:IP Insider Trading January 25th 19

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Does International Paper Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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. International Paper insiders own about US$51m worth of shares. That equates to 0.3% of the company. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At International Paper Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no International Paper insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Our analysis of International Paper 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.

But note: International Paper 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.