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Have Insiders Been Selling Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST) Shares?

Peter Morris

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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Monster Beverage Corporation (NASDAQ:MNST).

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, 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. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Monster Beverage

President of the Americas Emelie Tirre made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$60.91 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$58.00. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. 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$2.3m for 39.77k shares sold. In total, Monster Beverage insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$58.99. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. 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!

NASDAQGS:MNST Insider Trading February 12th 19

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Does Monster Beverage 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. It’s great to see that Monster Beverage insiders own 1.3% of the company, worth about US$425m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Monster Beverage Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Monster Beverage insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Monster Beverage insiders selling. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Monster Beverage.

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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.