Several Insiders Invested In Universal Electronics Flagging Positive News
It is usually uneventful when a single insider buys stock. However, When quite a few insiders buy shares, as it happened in Universal Electronics Inc.’s (NASDAQ:UEIC) case, it’s fantastic news for shareholders.
While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Universal Electronics
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman & CEO Paul Arling for US$99k worth of shares, at about US$9.97 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$8.81). It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.
While Universal Electronics insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn’t sell. 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!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Does Universal Electronics Boast High Insider Ownership?
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Our data indicates that Universal Electronics insiders own about US$6.3m worth of shares (which is 5.5% of the company). Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!
So What Does This Data Suggest About Universal Electronics Insiders?
There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we’d be more comfortable if they owned more Universal Electronics stock. So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. In terms of investment risks, we’ve identified 1 warning sign with Universal Electronics and understanding this should be part of your investment process.
Of course Universal Electronics may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.
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 of direct interests only, but not derivative transactions or indirect interests.
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