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Need To Know: Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JCS) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

Jenifer Prater

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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. 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 Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JCS).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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 Communications Systems

Founder & Chairman Emeritus Curtis Sampson made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$80k worth of shares at a price of US$2.93 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$128k for 43.50k shares. On the other hand they divested 1.75k shares, for US$6.3k. In total, Communications Systems insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. Their average price was about US$2.93. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$2.70 attractive. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGM:JCS Recent Insider Trading, February 22nd 2019

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Communications Systems Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Communications Systems. Overall, 3 insiders shelled out US$89k for shares in the company — and none sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Does Communications Systems Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 16% of Communications Systems shares, worth about US$3.8m. 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 Communications Systems Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn’t make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Communications Systems insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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