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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 before you buy or sell Marin Software Incorporated (NASDAQ:MRIN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
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 would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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’.
Marin Software Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Robert Ashton for US$140k worth of shares, at about US$7.00 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price. Robert Ashton was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months. Notably Robert Ashton was also the biggest seller, having sold US$22k worth of shares.
You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 8.4% of Marin Software shares, worth about US$2.0m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Marin Software Insiders?
The fact that there have been no Marin Software insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. We’d like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don’t see anything to make us think Marin Software insiders are doubting the company. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow .
But note: Marin Software 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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