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Trade Alert: The Co-Founder Of Moelis & Company (NYSE:MC), Navid Mahmoodzadegan, Has Sold Some Shares Recently

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We wouldn't blame Moelis & Company (NYSE:MC) shareholders if they were a little worried about the fact that Navid Mahmoodzadegan, the Co-Founder recently netted about US$2.6m selling shares at an average price of US$35.03. Probably the most concerning element of the whole transaction is that the dump amounted to 100% of their entire holding.

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Moelis Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent sale by Navid Mahmoodzadegan is the biggest insider sale of Moelis shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that even when the share price was slightly below the current price of US$35.16, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can't be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it's only a weak sign. This single sale was 100% of Navid Mahmoodzadegan's stake.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 161515 shares for a total of US$5.6m. Moelis insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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!

NYSE:MC Recent Insider Trading, November 8th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Moelis

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company 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. Insiders own 1.7% of Moelis shares, worth about US$37m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Moelis Insider Transactions Indicate?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. But since Moelis is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We're in no rush to buy! If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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