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Need To Know: Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) 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. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ralph Lauren

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the President of Global Brands, Valérie Hermann, sold US$1.3m worth of shares at a price of US$126 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$107. 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.

Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Ralph Lauren shares, than buying. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:RL Recent Insider Trading, June 4th 2019

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Ralph Lauren Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Ralph Lauren. In total, Independent Director Joyce Brown sold US$252k 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.

Does Ralph Lauren 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. Ralph Lauren insiders own about US$1.9b worth of shares (which is 23% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Ralph Lauren Insiders?

An insider sold Ralph Lauren shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. But it is good to see that Ralph Lauren is growing earnings. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Ralph Lauren.

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