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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Qualys
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Kristi Rogers, sold US$421k worth of shares at a price of US$85.83 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$89.46. 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 65.8% of Kristi Rogers's stake. Kristi Rogers was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by 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. Qualys insiders own 15% of the company, currently worth about US$509m based on the recent share price. 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 Qualys Insiders?
An insider sold Qualys shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And even if we look to the last year, we didn't see any purchases. But since Qualys is profitable and growing, we're not too worried by this. It is good to see high insider ownership, but the insider selling leaves us cautious. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Qualys, 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.
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