It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 John Bean Technologies Corporation (NYSE:JBT).
What Is Insider Selling?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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John Bean Technologies Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Independent Director, James Ringler, sold US$341k worth of shares at a price of US$99.92 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$130, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don’t know for sure what they think of the stock price. This single sale was just 6.6% of James Ringler’s stake. James Ringler was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
James Ringler divested 5.58k shares over the last 12 months at an average price of US$99.95. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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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Insider Ownership of John Bean Technologies
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. It appears that John Bean Technologies insiders own 2.3% of the company, worth about US$97m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At John Bean Technologies Tell Us?
The fact that there have been no John Bean Technologies insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by John Bean Technologies insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. While we like knowing what’s going on with the insider’s ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. At Simply Wall St, we found 2 warning signs for John Bean Technologies that deserve your attention before buying any shares.
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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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