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Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS) Insiders Have Been Selling

Hector Vargas

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 Natural Gas Services Group, Inc. (NYSE:NGS).

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, 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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Natural Gas Services Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Independent Director John Chisholm sold US$396k worth of shares at a price of US$24.35 per share. That is hardly a positive sign, even though it took place above the latest price (US$18.29). So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 25.99k shares for a total of US$643k. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Natural Gas Services Group shares, than buying. The average sell price was around US$24.75. It is certainly not great to see that insiders have sold shares in the company. However, we do note that the average sale price was significantly higher than the current share price (which is US$18.29). 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!

NYSE:NGS Insider Trading January 7th 19

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Does Natural Gas Services Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Natural Gas Services Group insiders own 5.4% of the company, worth about US$13m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Natural Gas Services Group Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Natural Gas Services Group shares in the last quarter. Still, the insider transactions at Natural Gas Services Group in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.