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Read This Before Selling iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:IHRT) Shares

Simply Wall St
·4 min read

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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in iHeartMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:IHRT).

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

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'.

See our latest analysis for iHeartMedia

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At iHeartMedia

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director Gary Barber bought US$505k worth of shares at a price of US$8.98 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$12.15. Because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

While iHeartMedia insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. The average buy price was around US$10.96. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

iHeartMedia Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, iHeartMedia insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. We can see that Chairman & CEO Robert Pittman paid US$203k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Insider Ownership of iHeartMedia

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.5% of iHeartMedia shares, worth about US$8.5m, according to our data. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. Overall, this level of ownership isn't that impressive, but it's certainly better than nothing!

What Might The Insider Transactions At iHeartMedia Tell Us?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. On this analysis the only slight negative we see is the fairly low (overall) insider ownership; their transactions suggest that they are quite positive on iHeartMedia stock. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for iHeartMedia (of which 1 is a bit concerning!) you should know about.

Of course iHeartMedia may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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