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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 before you buy or sell Lancaster Colony Corporation (NASDAQ:LANC), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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'.
Lancaster Colony Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Senior Vice President of Foodservice Sales of T. Marzetti Company, Timothy Tate, sold US$131k worth of shares at a price of US$176 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$148. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.
In the last twelve months insiders netted US$209k for 1247 shares sold. In the last year Lancaster Colony insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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!
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Insider Ownership of Lancaster Colony
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Lancaster Colony insiders own about US$1.2b worth of shares (which is 28% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Lancaster Colony Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no Lancaster Colony insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. It's heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we'd like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Lancaster Colony insider transactions don't fill us with confidence. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Lancaster Colony, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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