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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in South Jersey Industries, Inc. (NYSE:SJI).
What Is Insider Buying?
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.
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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At South Jersey Industries
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Walter Higgins made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$137k worth of shares at a price of US$30.21 each. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$33.71 per share to be enticing. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the South Jersey Industries insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.
In the last twelve months insiders paid US$397k for 12936 shares purchased. South Jersey Industries may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. 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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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. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 0.6% of South Jersey Industries shares, worth about US$20m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About South Jersey Industries Insiders?
The fact that there have been no South Jersey Industries insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. Insiders do have a stake in South Jersey Industries and their transactions don't cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for South Jersey Industries.
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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.
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