We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell Black Hills Corporation (NYSE:BKH), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Buying?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
Black Hills Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Executive Chairman David Emery sold US$150k worth of shares at a price of US$70.14 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$73.02. While sellers have a variety of reasons for selling, this isn’t particularly great to see. When an insider sells below the current price, it does tend to make us wonder about the current valuation. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 1% of David Emery’s stake. David Emery was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.
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!
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Insider Ownership of Black Hills
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 0.8% of Black Hills shares, worth about US$37m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
So What Do The Black Hills Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider sold Black Hills shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. On the plus side, Black Hills makes money, and is growing profits. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’re in no rush to buy! 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.
But note: Black Hills may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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