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Who Has Been Selling Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (BIT:SAL) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell Salini Impregilo S.p.A. (BIT:SAL), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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'.

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Salini Impregilo Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Simonpietro Salini, sold €550k worth of shares at a price of €2.20 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of €1.95. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign. Simonpietro Salini was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Simonpietro Salini divested 350k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of €2.08. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

BIT:SAL Recent Insider Trading, July 5th 2019

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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. From our data, it seems that Salini Impregilo insiders own 0.8% of the company, worth about €7.2m. We do note, however, it is possible insiders have an indirect interest through a private company or other corporate structure. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Salini Impregilo Tell Us?

The fact that there have been no Salini Impregilo insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. Our analysis of Salini Impregilo insider transactions leaves us unenthusiastic. And we're not picking up on high enough insider ownership to give us any comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Salini Impregilo, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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