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Need To Know: Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE:MCRN) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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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. 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 Milacron Holdings Corp. (NYSE:MCRN).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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'.

Check out our latest analysis for Milacron Holdings

Milacron Holdings Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Independent Director, James Gentilcore, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$755k worth of shares at a price of US$21.08 each. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. The silver lining is that this sell-down took place above the latest price (US$14.99). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 91990 shares worth US$1.7m. Milacron Holdings insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:MCRN Recent Insider Trading, April 21st 2019

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Milacron Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Milacron Holdings shares. In total, insiders sold US$266k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Insider Ownership

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. Insiders own 0.8% of Milacron Holdings shares, worth about US$8.4m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Milacron Holdings Insiders?

Insiders sold Milacron Holdings shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn't show any insider buying. But it is good to see that Milacron Holdings is growing earnings. When you consider that most companies have higher levels of insider ownership, we're a little wary. We'd certainly think twice before buying! 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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