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Have Insiders Been Selling Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE:SSD) Shares?

Felix Olson

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell Simpson Manufacturing Co., Inc. (NYSE:SSD), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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, 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 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Simpson Manufacturing

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Sharon Simpson sold US$7.2m worth of shares at a price of US$59.98 per share. That means that even when the share price was slightly below the current price of US$60.63, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. While sellers have a variety of reasons for selling, this isn’t particularly great to see. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 2.6% of Sharon Simpson’s holding.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 575.46k shares for a total of US$34m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Simpson Manufacturing than they bought, over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$58.57. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. 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. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:SSD Insider Trading January 21st 19

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It’s great to see that Simpson Manufacturing insiders own 9.8% of the company, worth about US$274m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Simpson Manufacturing Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Simpson Manufacturing insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. It’s heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we’d like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Simpson Manufacturing insider transactions don’t fill us with confidence. 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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