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Have Insiders Been Selling John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBSS) Shares?

Wade Goff

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. (NASDAQ:JBSS), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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John B. Sanfilippo & Son Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Chairman & CEO Jeffrey Sanfilippo for US$576k worth of shares, at about US$71.00 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$62.64. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$1.5m for 22.48k shares sold. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of John B. Sanfilippo & Son shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about US$67.39. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NASDAQGS:JBSS Insider Trading January 29th 19

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It’s great to see that John B. Sanfilippo & Son insiders own 15% of the company, worth about US$106m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The John B. Sanfilippo & Son Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. It’s heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we’d like to see more insider buying, since the last year of John B. Sanfilippo & Son insider transactions don’t fill us with confidence. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .

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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.