Welcome to edition thirty nine of Insider Weekends. Insider buying increased once again with insiders purchasing $56.4 million of their stock last week when compared to $36.86 million in the week prior. Selling also increased with insiders selling $1.44 billion worth of stock when compared to $895.43 million in the week prior.
The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider buying in that week. The adjusted ratio for last week increased slightly to 25.6. In other words, insiders sold more than 25 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares unfavorably with the week prior when the ratio stood at 24.29. We are calculating an adjusted ratio by removing transactions by funds and companies and trying as best as possible only to retain information about insiders and 10% owners who are not funds or companies.
Note: As mentioned in the first post in this series Introduction to Insider Weekends, certain industries have their preferred metrics such as same store sales for retailers, funds from operations (FFO) for REITs and revenue per available room (RevPAR) for hotels that provide a better basis for comparison than simple valuation metrics. However metrics like Price/Earnings, Price/Sales and Enterprise Value/EBITDA included below should provide a good starting point for analyzing the majority of stocks.
Notable Insider Buys:
1. The Coca-Cola Company (KO): $65.21
Director Barry Diller acquired 235,000 shares of Coke, paying $64.44 per share for a total amount of $15.14 million. Mr. Diller increased his stake by 16.77% to 1,636,000 shares with this purchase.
Mr. Diller also picked up 390,000 shares in two separate transactions in November for a total of $24.3 million. A newly appointed director Evan Greenberg bought 3,896 shares last week. All other transactions over the last six months have been sales as you can see from this page.
|P/E: 12.89||Forward P/E: 15.27||Industry P/E: 6.33|
|P/S: 4.28||Price/Book: 4.85||EV/EBITDA: 15.56|
|Market Cap: $149.61B||Avg. Daily Volume: 9,099,550||52 Week Range: $49.47 – $65.88|
2. TransDigm Group Incorporated (TDG): $82.67
Director Robert J. Small acquired 58,500 shares of this aircraft components manufacturer, paying $81.13 per share for a total amount of $4.75 million.
These shares were acquired indirectly through a group of funds collectively known as “Berkshire Entities”.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for TransDigm here.
|P/E: 35.79||Forward P/E: 16.98||Industry P/E: 16.39|
|P/S: 4.66||Price/Book: 6.91||EV/EBITDA: 16.59|
|Market Cap: $4.10B||Avg. Daily Volume: 271,039||52 Week Range: $48.68 – $85.38|
3. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. (SIX): $62.65
Executive Vice President, CFO John M. Duffey acquired 28,000 shares of this theme parks company, paying $59.98 per share for a total amount of $1.68 million. These shares were acquired indirectly through a family trust.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Six Flags here.
|P/E: 5.35||Forward P/E: 43.51||Industry P/E: 18.27|
|P/S: 1.78||Price/Book: 1.82||EV/EBITDA: 8.52|
|Market Cap: $1.74B||Avg. Daily Volume: 85,513||52 Week Range: $31.85 – $66.5|
4. Cabela’s Inc. (CAB): $26.51
Director Reuben Mark acquired 60,000 shares of this outdoor sporting goods retailer, paying $26.99 per share for a total amount of $1.62 million. Mr. Mark increased his stake by 5.94% to 1,069,413 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Cabela’s here.
|P/E: 16.36||Forward P/E: 12.05||Industry P/E: N/A|
|P/S: 0.71||Price/Book: 1.83||EV/EBITDA: 15.65|
|Market Cap: $1.81B||Avg. Daily Volume: 589,258||52 Week Range: $12.83 – $32.37|
5. Echo Global Logistics, Inc. (ECHO): $12.49
Director Eric P. Lefkofsky acquired 100,000 shares of this supply chain management company, paying $11.85 per share for a total amount of $1.18 million.
These shares were acquired indirectly through Orange Media, LLC, a company that is wholly owned by Mr. Lefkofsky’s wife. Mr. Lefkofsky has acquired shares thrice over the last six months even as the CEO and COO have been selling shares as you can see here.
|P/E: 32.87||Forward P/E: 15.61||Industry P/E: 22.41|
|P/S: 0.65||Price/Book: 2.63||EV/EBITDA: 11.42|
|Market Cap: $275.55M||Avg. Daily Volume: 130,874||52 Week Range: $9.85 – $16.09|
You can view the full list of purchases from this Insider Buying page.
Notable Insider Sales:
1. First Solar, Inc. (FSLR): $146.57
Shares of this solar energy company were sold by 6 insiders:
With the exception of Mr. Ahearn and Mr. Zhu’s sales, all other sales were as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale. The estate of Walmart heir John T. Walton also sold 450,000 shares and an additional 618,967 shares were sold through a trust.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for First Solar here.
|P/E: 19.08||Forward P/E: 13.26||Industry P/E: 14.83|
|P/S: 4.89||Price/Book: 3.63||EV/EBITDA: 12.6|
|Market Cap: $12.59B||Avg. Daily Volume: 1,644,330||52 Week Range: $100.19 – $175.45|
2. Priceline.com Incorporated (PCLN): $469.128
Shares of this online travel company were sold by 6 insiders:
25,096 of Mr. Mylod’s shares were related to the vesting of performance shares. The rest of the sales were all related to the vesting of performance shares that were awarded or granted to these insiders.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Priceline.com here.
|P/E: 45.33||Forward P/E: 19.82||Industry P/E: 18.27|
|P/S: 7.41||Price/Book: 12.6||EV/EBITDA: 24.9|
|Market Cap: $23.06B||Avg. Daily Volume: 1,062,400||52 Week Range: $173.32 – $469.74|
3. Hess Corporation (HES): $84.24
Shares of this oil & gas company were sold by 2 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Hess Corporation here.
|P/E: 13.02||Forward P/E: 11.26||Industry P/E: 21.42|
|P/S: 0.84||Price/Book: 1.71||EV/EBITDA: 4.88|
|Market Cap: $28.21B||Avg. Daily Volume: 3,073,840||52 Week Range: $48.7 – $87.4|
4. Perrigo Co. (PRGO): $77.6
Shares of this drug and nutritional products company were sold by 3 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Perrigo here.
|P/E: 26.31||Forward P/E: 17.52||Industry P/E: 12.52|
|P/S: 2.84||Price/Book: 5.47||EV/EBITDA: 14.78|
|Market Cap: $7.17B||Avg. Daily Volume: 772,134||52 Week Range: $49.12 – $77.96|
5. WebMD Health Corp. (WBMD): $57.21
Shares of this internet content provider were sold by 5 insiders:
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for WebMD here.
|P/E: 64.79||Forward P/E: 35.53||Industry P/E: 20.5|
|P/S: 6.19||Price/Book: 4.4||EV/EBITDA: 20.73|
|Market Cap: $3.29B||Avg. Daily Volume: 374,855||52 Week Range: $42.7 – $58.53|
You can view the full list of sales from this Insider Sales page.