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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ:SABR)?

Donald Bartholomew

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ:SABR).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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Sabre Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Jami Kindle sold US$227k worth of shares at a price of US$26.05 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$22.53. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 15.78k shares for a total of US$404k. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Sabre shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about US$25.61. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NASDAQGS:SABR Insider Trading February 18th 19

I will like Sabre better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Sabre Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at Sabre. In total, insiders sold US$404k 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.

Insider Ownership of Sabre

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that Sabre insiders own 0.3% of the company, worth about US$20m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Sabre Tell Us?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. On the plus side, Sabre makes money, and is growing profits. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. We’d think twice before buying! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Sabre, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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