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Who Has Been Selling Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) Shares?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Silgan Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Silgan Holdings

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by President Anthony Allott for US$1.8m worth of shares, at about US$28.62 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$29.16. While their view may have changed since they sold, this isn’t a particularly bullish sign. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 14.2% of Anthony Allott’s stake.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 12.50k shares worth US$324k. But insiders sold 188.99k shares worth US$5.1m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Silgan Holdings than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$26.94, on average. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares at below recent prices. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. 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!

NasdaqGS:SLGN Recent Insider Trading, March 26th 2019

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Silgan Holdings Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Silgan Holdings shares. Specifically, insiders ditched US$2.0m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the directors think that the shares are a bargain.

Does Silgan Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Silgan Holdings insiders own about US$981m worth of shares (which is 30% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Do The Silgan Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold Silgan Holdings shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Silgan Holdings.

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