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Read This Before Selling Ranger Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:RNGR) Shares

Seth Doty

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Ranger Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:RNGR).

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Ranger Energy Services

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman of the Board Merrill Miller for US$100k worth of shares, at about US$8.47 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$223k for 27.37k shares purchased. Overall, Ranger Energy Services insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about US$8.14. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$5.75 attractive. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:RNGR Insider Trading January 4th 19

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Insiders at Ranger Energy Services Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Ranger Energy Services insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. In total, insiders bought US$122k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership

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. It’s great to see that Ranger Energy Services insiders own 2.2% of the company, worth about US$1.9m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Ranger Energy Services Tell Us?

It is good to see recent purchasing. 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 Ranger Energy Services stock. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Ranger Energy Services, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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.