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Need To Know: H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE:HRB).

What Is Insider Buying?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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H&R Block Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, Thomas Gerke, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.9m worth of shares at a price of US$26.54 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$27.03. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. It is worth noting that this sale was 57.8% of Thomas Gerke's holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Thomas Gerke.

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!

NYSE:HRB Recent Insider Trading, May 2nd 2019

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Insider Ownership of H&R Block

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.1% of H&R Block shares, worth about US$7.9m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About H&R Block Insiders?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded H&R Block shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of H&R Block insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. 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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