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Have Insiders Been Selling Lightspeed POS Inc. (TSE:LSPD) Shares This Year?

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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 before you buy or sell Lightspeed POS Inc. (TSE:LSPD), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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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Lightspeed POS Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Founder, Dax Dasilva, sold CA$48m worth of shares at a price of CA$35.00 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of CA$33.33. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 191k shares for CA$3.1m. On the other hand they divested 1.4m shares, for CA$50m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Lightspeed POS shares, than buying. The average sell price was around US$35.00. It's not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares at below recent prices. But we wouldn't put too much weight on the insider selling. 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!

TSX:LSPD Recent Insider Trading, September 18th 2019

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Lightspeed POS Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Lightspeed POS. In total, insiders sold US$50m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Lightspeed POS 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. Lightspeed POS insiders own 18% of the company, currently worth about CA$517m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Do The Lightspeed POS Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders haven't bought Lightspeed POS stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Lightspeed POS.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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