We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE).
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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At World Wrestling Entertainment
Co-President & Director Michelle Wilson made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$11m worth of shares at a price of US$80.03 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$82.86). Even though it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, that’s certainly not a positive sign, in our book. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price. It is worth noting that this sale was only 38.5% of Michelle Wilson’s holding.
We note that in the last year insiders divested 515.60k shares for a total of US$43m. In total, World Wrestling Entertainment insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$82.57. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
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Does World Wrestling Entertainment Boast High Insider Ownership?
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that World Wrestling Entertainment insiders own 46% of the company, worth about US$3.0b. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At World Wrestling Entertainment Tell Us?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of World Wrestling Entertainment, we can’t say the same about the selling of shares. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for World Wrestling Entertainment.
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