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Read This Before Selling ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SREV) Shares

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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 ServiceSource International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SREV).

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 ServiceSource International

ServiceSource International Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Executive Chairman & CEO Gary Moore bought US$101k worth of shares at a price of US$0.87 per share. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$0.87 per share to be enticing. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider purchases were made at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$368k for 392k shares purchased. While ServiceSource International insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:SREV Recent Insider Trading, August 29th 2019
NasdaqGS:SREV Recent Insider Trading, August 29th 2019

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Insiders at ServiceSource International Have Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, ServiceSource International insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Gary Moore spent US$101k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Insider Ownership of ServiceSource International

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. From looking at our data, insiders own US$2.8m worth of ServiceSource International stock, about 3.4% of the company. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About ServiceSource International Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. While the overall levels of insider ownership are below what we'd like to see, the history of transactions imply that ServiceSource International insiders are reasonably well aligned, and optimistic for the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in ServiceSource International, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting 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.

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