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The Senior VP of CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM), Frank Wyatt, Just Bought 31% More Shares

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Investors who take an interest in CommScope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:COMM) should definitely note that the Senior VP, Frank Wyatt, recently paid US$6.80 per share to buy US$170k worth of the stock. That's a very solid buy in our book, and increased their holding by a noteworthy 31%.

See our latest analysis for CommScope Holding Company

CommScope Holding Company Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director L. Krause for US$252k worth of shares, at about US$11.87 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$7.20). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.

While CommScope Holding Company insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. Their average price was about US$10.39. I'd consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:COMM Recent Insider Trading, March 14th 2020

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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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 1.8% of CommScope Holding Company shares, worth about US$25m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The CommScope Holding Company Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest CommScope Holding Company insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 2 warning signs for CommScope Holding Company (of which 1 is a bit concerning!) you should know about.

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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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