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How Much Are Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM).

What Is Insider Selling?

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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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Iridium Communications Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bryan Hartin, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$570k worth of shares at a price of US$19.23 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$27.84, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 23.9% of Bryan Hartin's holding.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 77805 shares worth US$1.5m. Iridium Communications insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. We also highlight that management was awarded a meaningful number of restricted stock units in recent months. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:IRDM Recent Insider Trading, April 9th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Iridium Communications

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. Iridium Communications insiders own about US$409m worth of shares (which is 13% 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 Iridium Communications Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Iridium Communications insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. It's great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don't gain confidence from the Iridium Communications insiders selling. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Iridium Communications, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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