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Have Insiders Been Selling Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE:VPG) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (NYSE:VPG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 Vishay Precision Group

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when CEO, President & Director Ziv Shoshani sold US$950k worth of shares at a price of US$44.90 per share. Although we don’t gain confidence from insider selling, we note that this large sale was at well above current price of US$34.46. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 74.00k shares for a total of US$3.0m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Vishay Precision Group than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$40.18, on average. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price of US$34.46. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:VPG Recent Insider Trading, March 5th 2019

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 8.1% of Vishay Precision Group shares, worth about US$38m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Vishay Precision Group Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Vishay Precision Group insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Vishay Precision Group, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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