It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell Black Knight, Inc. (NYSE:BKI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
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.
Black Knight Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Executive Chairman, William Foley, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$15m worth of shares at a price of US$61.21 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$61.14. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. 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.
Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Black Knight shares, than buying. 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!
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Does Black Knight Boast High Insider Ownership?
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It's great to see that Black Knight insiders own 4.6% of the company, worth about US$418m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Black Knight Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no Black Knight insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. While we feel good about high insider ownership of Black Knight, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Black Knight, 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. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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