We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in CryoLife, Inc. (NYSE:CRY).
What Is Insider Selling?
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. 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.’
CryoLife Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Chairman James MacKin sold US$1.4m worth of shares at a price of US$33.67 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$27.77. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.
We note that in the last year insiders divested 118.18k shares for a total of US$3.6m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of CryoLife shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about US$30.53. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
I will like CryoLife better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Insider Ownership of CryoLife
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. CryoLife insiders own about US$49m worth of shares (which is 4.6% of the company). This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About CryoLife Insiders?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Our analysis of CryoLife insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. 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.
But note: CryoLife may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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