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Need To Know: Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BRSS) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

Asher Wright

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Global Brass and Copper Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:BRSS).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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

See our latest analysis for Global Brass and Copper Holdings

Global Brass and Copper Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Independent Director Bradford Ray for US$165k worth of shares, at about US$33.10 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (US$33.36). While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 27.9% of Bradford Ray’s stake.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$381k for 11.41k shares sold. All up, insiders sold more shares in Global Brass and Copper Holdings than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$33.36, on average. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. 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!

NYSE:BRSS Recent Insider Trading, February 23rd 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Global Brass and Copper Holdings insiders own 3.2% of the company, worth about US$24m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The Global Brass and Copper Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Our analysis of Global Brass and Copper Holdings insider transactions leaves us cautious. 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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