Welcome to the ten year anniversary edition of Insider Weekends. Little did we know that we would end up publishing this series of articles continuously for 10 years when we introduced Insider Weekends on June 13, 2010. In many ways these days feel a lot like it did in mid-2010 but there are also significant differences. Back in 2010, we were coming out of the deepest recession we had seen since the Great Depression where the S&P 500 lost 56.4% of its value and a large swath of investors doubted the nascent recovery that began in March 2009. In that sense we are in a similar situation where the recovery since late March 2020 has left a lot of seasoned investors perplexed.
The big difference this time was the rapid pace of decline followed by the pace of the recovery in the S&P 500. Rate cuts by the Federal Reserve and the huge stimulus programs put in place for businesses and citizens were also unprecedented. The volatility we experienced last week where we saw the Dow drop 1,862 points or 6.9% in a single day tells me that this period of market turmoil is far from over. One possible reason for this volatility could be the big spike in cases we are seeing in multiple states after they reopened from their COVID-19 shutdowns. Oregon, Texas and Arizona experienced a nearly 50% jump in cases and the largest hospital system in Arizona indicated that ventilated COVID-19 patients in their ICU have quadrupled since May 15th.
After a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases broke out at Beijing’s largest wholesale market, the city put 11 nearly neighborhoods under lockdown. I hear similar things from folks I talk to from different parts of India. The United States has seen over 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in just the last five days. This points to a future that probably includes a series of reopenings and shut downs that could have a significant impact on the economy for the rest of 2020. In this context, it is not surprising that a majority of CEOs surveyed by Fortune from the 2020 Fortune 500 list did not expect economic activity to return to pre-COVID levels until Q1 2022. Our economic future appears to be inextricably linked to an effective COVID-19 vaccine and I plan to position more defensively going forward.
Insider buying decreased significantly last week with insiders purchasing $61.84 million of stock compared to $132.98 million in the week prior. Selling increased with insiders selling $2.44 billion of stock last week compared to $1.55 billion in the week prior. Jesse Felder of The Felder Report discussed the recent spike in insider selling and specifically selling by private equity firms in his interview with George Gammon last week. Incidentally one of the private equity firms he mentioned in his interview also made our list of insider sales this week.
Sell/Buy Ratio: The insider Sell/Buy ratio is calculated by dividing the total insider sales in a given week by total insider purchases that week. The adjusted ratio for last week went up to 39.54. In other words, insiders sold almost 40 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares unfavorably with the prior week, when the ratio stood at 11.62.
Note: As mentioned in the first post in this series, 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. Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. (AXDX): $9.36
Director Jack W. Schuler acquired 1,380,955 shares of this diagnostics & research company, paying $8.81 per share for a total amount of $12.16 million. These shares were purchased indirectly through a trust.
Accelerate had seen a big acceleration in revenue as it sold its diagnostic systems for antibiotic resistance and hospital acquired infections before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Revenue of $2.34 million for Q1 2020 still increased 34% year-over-year but paled in comparison to the 94% and 68% growth in the prior two quarters. The company continues to report huge losses but is expected to continue down its path of high revenue growth based on analyst estimates.
The company hired Jack Phillips as its COO last August and less than four months later announced that he would take on the role of CEO on February 1, 2020. Mr. Phillips joined Accelerate Diagnostics from Roche Diagnostics, the world’s leading diagnostics company.
Mr. Schuler has been buying Accelerate stock on the open market consistently since March 23rd. Mr. Schuler has been on Accelerate’s Board of Directors since 2012 and was the Chairman of the Board of Ventana Medical Systems, a company that was acquired by Roche. He previously served as the President and COO of Abbott Laboratories.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Accelerate Diagnostics, Inc. here.
|P/E: N/A||Forward P/E: -8.51||Industry P/E: 44.57|
|P/S: 52.31||Price/Book: N/A||EV/EBITDA: -8.14|
|Market Cap: $517.33M||Avg. Daily Volume: 494,689||52 Week Range: $4.53 – $24|
2. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. (KDP): $28.12
Shares of this beverage company were acquired by 2 insiders:
- President, International & Business Development Mauricio Leyva Arboleda acquired 123,400 shares, paying $28.47 per share for a total amount of $3.51 million.
- Director Robert S. Singer acquired 4,499 shares, paying $28.39 per share for a total amount of $127,731. Mr. Singer increased his stake by 7.50% to 64,500 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. here.
|P/E: 33.88||Forward P/E: 18.03||Industry P/E: 25.93|
|P/S: 3.52||Price/Book: 1.75||EV/EBITDA: 16.52|
|Market Cap: $39.57B||Avg. Daily Volume: 4,863,632||52 Week Range: $18.98 – $32|
3. Vishay Precision Group, Inc. (VPG): $23.24
Director Wes Cummins acquired 100,000 shares of this scientific & technical instruments company, paying $23.50 per share for a total amount of $2.35 million. These shares were purchased indirectly by 272 Capital, LP.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Vishay Precision Group, Inc. here.
|P/E: 18.43||Forward P/E: 15.81||Industry P/E: 43.79|
|P/S: 1.15||Price/Book: 1.32||EV/EBITDA: 7.65|
|Market Cap: $315.3M||Avg. Daily Volume: 92,345||52 Week Range: $16.56 – $41.9|
4. Cortexyme, Inc. (CRTX): $44.97
Director David Lamond acquired 49,125 shares of this biotech company, paying $43.27 per share for a total amount of $2.13 million. These shares were purchased indirectly through a trust.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Cortexyme, Inc. here.
|P/E: N/A||Forward P/E: -16.97||Industry P/E: 1,627.99|
|P/S: N/A||Price/Book: 6.06||EV/EBITDA: -22.86|
|Market Cap: $1.32B||Avg. Daily Volume: 155,301||52 Week Range: $19.35 – $73.84|
5. Resideo Technologies, Inc. (REZI): $9.5
Shares of this critical comfort, thermal, and security solutions provider were acquired by 4 insiders:
- Director Roger Fradin acquired 109,860 shares, paying $9.08 per share for a total amount of $997,978. Mr. Fradin increased his stake by 188.63% to 168,100 shares with this purchase.
- Director Andrew C. Teich acquired 54,732 shares, paying $8.51 per share for a total amount of $465,769. Mr. Teich increased his stake by 82.18% to 121,330 shares with this purchase.
- Director Brian Kushner acquired 10,700 shares, paying $9.50 per share for a total amount of $101,650. Mr. Kushner increased his stake by inf% to 10,700 shares with this purchase.
- Director Paul F. Deninger acquired 5,125 shares, paying $9.75 per share for a total amount of $49,947. Mr. Deninger increased his stake by 91.88% to 10,703 shares with this purchase.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Resideo Technologies, Inc. here.
|P/E: N/A||Forward P/E: 9.41||Industry P/E: 25.00|
|P/S: 0.24||Price/Book: 0.77||EV/EBITDA: 6.22|
|Market Cap: $1.17B||Avg. Daily Volume: 1,621,209||52 Week Range: $3.72 – $22.27|
You can view the full list of purchases from this Insider Buying page.
Notable Insider Sales:
1. Enphase Energy, Inc. (ENPH): $48.63
Director Thurman J. Rodgers sold 2,000,000 shares of this solar energy company for $49.05, generating $98.11 million from the sale.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Enphase Energy, Inc. here.
|P/E: 29.15||Forward P/E: 32.64||Industry P/E: 25.27|
|P/S: 8.34||Price/Book: 19.24||EV/EBITDA: 38.45|
|Market Cap: $6.09B||Avg. Daily Volume: 6,019,500||52 Week Range: $16.15 – $70.36|
2. The Boston Beer Company, Inc. (SAM): $515.01
Shares of this beverage company were sold by 3 insiders:
- Chairman James C. Koch sold 94,420 shares for $523.18, generating $49.39 million from the sale.
- Vice President of Brewing David L. Grinnell sold 5,690 shares for $523.25, generating $2.98 million from the sale. These shares were sold as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale.
- Director Cynthia A. Fisher sold 4,420 shares for $523.19, generating $2.31 million from the sale. These shares were sold indirectly by a foundation managed by the reporting person.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for The Boston Beer Company, Inc. here.
|P/E: 59.81||Forward P/E: 39.99||Industry P/E: 25.93|
|P/S: 4.72||Price/Book: 8.11||EV/EBITDA: 29.56|
|Market Cap: $6.27B||Avg. Daily Volume: 156,982||52 Week Range: $290.02 – $587.85|
3. Snap Inc. (SNAP): $20.18
Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel sold 2,383,452 shares of this social media company for $21.01, generating $50.07 million from the sale.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Snap Inc. here.
|P/E: N/A||Forward P/E: 168.17||Industry P/E: 33.83|
|P/S: 15.7||Price/Book: 13.67||EV/EBITDA: -31.87|
|Market Cap: $29.17B||Avg. Daily Volume: 32,897,293||52 Week Range: $7.89 – $21.36|
4. Ares Management Corporation (ARES): $38.28
Shares of this asset management company were sold by 3 insiders:
- C-Founder & Executive Chairman Antony P. Ressler sold 832,129 shares for $39.27, generating $32.67 million from the sale.
- Co-Founder & Co-Chair of PEG David B. Kaplan sold 313,830 shares for $39.73, generating $12.47 million from the sale. These shares were sold indirectly by Trently Holdings, LLC.
- Head of Credit Group Kipp R. Deveer sold 79,035 shares for $40.14, generating $3.17 million from the sale.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Ares Management Corporation here.
|P/E: 97.9||Forward P/E: 17.72||Industry P/E: 19.33|
|P/S: 3.9||Price/Book: 8.45||EV/EBITDA: 86.25|
|Market Cap: $5.07B||Avg. Daily Volume: 1,145,670||52 Week Range: $20.2 – $41.88|
5. Broadcom Inc. (AVGO): $300.25
Shares of this semiconductor company were sold by 4 insiders:
- Chief Financial Officer Thomas H. Krause sold 40,000 shares for $316.39, generating $12.66 million from the sale.
- SVP & Chief Sales Officer Charlie B. Kawwas sold 33,192 shares for $314.32, generating $10.43 million from the sale. 20,000 of these shares were sold as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale.
- Principal Accounting Officer Kirsten M. Spears sold 20,750 shares for $316.15, generating $6.56 million from the sale. 15,750 of these shares were sold as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale.
- Director Harry L. You sold 98 shares for $315.46, generating $30,915 from the sale.
You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Broadcom Inc. here.
|P/E: 53.9||Forward P/E: 12.5||Industry P/E: 25.27|
|P/S: 5.24||Price/Book: 5.03||EV/EBITDA: 15.32|
|Market Cap: $120.04B||Avg. Daily Volume: 3,469,954||52 Week Range: $155.67 – $331.58|
You can view the full list of sales from this Insider Sales page.
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