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How Much Are BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

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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. 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 BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At BE Semiconductor Industries

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Chairman of Management Board & CEO Richard Blickman sold €2.2m worth of shares at a price of €22.46 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of €22.72. Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 6.2% of Richard Blickman’s stake. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Richard Blickman.

The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

ENXTAM:BESI Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2019

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Insider Ownership of BE Semiconductor Industries

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that BE Semiconductor Industries insiders own 2.2% of the company, worth about €36m. 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 BE Semiconductor Industries Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider hasn’t bought BE Semiconductor Industries stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’d think twice before buying! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in BE Semiconductor Industries, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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