We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 LiveRamp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RAMP).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At LiveRamp Holdings
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the President & Chief Commercial Officer, James Arra, sold US$5.6m worth of shares at a price of US$52.54 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$56.47. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. 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. This single sale was just 36.8% of James Arra's stake.
We note that in the last year insiders divested 241k shares for a total of US$12m. In the last year LiveRamp Holdings insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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!
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Insiders at LiveRamp Holdings Have Sold Stock Recently
Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at LiveRamp Holdings. In total, insiders dumped US$6.5m 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.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It's great to see that LiveRamp Holdings insiders own 3.6% of the company, worth about US$140m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
So What Do The LiveRamp Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in LiveRamp Holdings, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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