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Need To Know: American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

Autumn Haas

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in American Vanguard Corporation (NYSE:AVD).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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. 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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American Vanguard Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Director Alfred Ingulli for US$220k worth of shares, at about US$21.17 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$17.37. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Alfred Ingulli was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

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!

NYSE:AVD Insider Trading January 29th 19

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Insider Ownership of American Vanguard

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. American Vanguard insiders own about US$62m worth of shares. That equates to 12% of the company. 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 American Vanguard Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Still, the insider transactions at American Vanguard in the last 12 months are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. 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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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.