Insider Weekends: Chairman of Herman Miller Purchases 25,000 Shares

Welcome to edition 525 of Insider Weekends. Insider buying declined significantly for a second week in a row with insiders purchasing $88.33 million of stock compared to $183.24 million in the week prior. Selling also decreased with insiders selling $893.42 million of stock last week compared to $975.88 million in the week prior.

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 10.12. In other words, insiders sold more than 10 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares unfavorably with the prior week, when the ratio stood at 5.33.

Insider Sector Heat Map July 10, 2020

Insider Sector Heat Map July 10, 2020 (click to enlarge)

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. Continental Resources, Inc. (CLR): $16.03

Executive Chairman Harold Hamm acquired 2,679,849 shares of this oil and natural gas exploration and production company, paying $17.77 per share for a total amount of $47.63 million.

We also reported on a large purchase of $73.31 million by Mr. Hamm last week when we wrote the following,

It is astounding that he would purchase shares worth over $130 million on the open market in the span of two weeks. Following these transactions, he now owns 9.62 million shares directly and an additional 283.12 million shares indirectly through a family LLC. He also owns 64,452 shares through a third entity. In total he owns 292.8 million shares or 80.19% of the shares outstanding.

In addition to his purchases, the company also bought back 8.1 million shares in Q1 2020 at an average price of $15.60 per share, representing more than 2% of total shares outstanding. The company suspended its dividend in April and also announced a suspension of its share buyback program when it reported Q1 2020 results in May.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Continental Resources, Inc. here.

P/E: 14.79 Forward P/E: -114.5 Industry P/E: N/A
P/S: 1.46 Price/Book: 0.9 EV/EBITDA: 3.66
Market Cap: $5.85B Avg. Daily Volume: 5,681,841 52 Week Range: $6.9 – $41.11

2. W&T Offshore, Inc. (WTI): $2.3

Shares of this oil and natural gas producer were acquired by 2 insiders:

  • Chairman, CEO & President Tracy W. Krohn acquired 632,334 shares, paying $2.15 per share for a total amount of $1.36 million. Mr. Krohn increased his stake by 1.35% to 47,391,459 shares with this purchase.
  • Director Virginia Boulet acquired 18,604 shares, paying $2.20 per share for a total amount of $40,927. Ms. Boulet increased her stake by 7.86% to 255,177 shares with this purchase.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for W&T Offshore, Inc. here.

P/E: 1.75 Forward P/E: -6.57 Industry P/E: N/A
P/S: 0.6 Price/Book: N/A EV/EBITDA: 3.04
Market Cap: $326.09M Avg. Daily Volume: 7,158,492 52 Week Range: $1.07 – $6.1

3. Herman Miller, Inc. (MLHR): $21.375

Chairman of the Board Michael A. Volkema acquired 25,000 shares of this office services & supplies company, paying $21.44 per share for a total amount of $536,000. Mr. Volkema increased his stake by 25.00% to 125,000 shares with this purchase.

Herman Miller is well known for its high-end office furniture and the stock has been hard hit during this COVID-19 crisis. The stock hit an all time high of nearly $50 last December but fell sharply after reporting fiscal second quarter results on December 18, 2019. Even though the company reported adjusted earnings of 88 cents, which were higher than the 75 cents earned in Q2 2019 and revenue grew 3.3%, investors were spooked by the 4.2% decline in new orders year-over-year.

The company guided to a 3% increase in sales in fiscal Q3 2020 ending on February 29, 2020 and delivered a 7.5% revenue increase when it reported results on March 18, 2020. New orders also increased 6.3% year-over-year and adjusted earnings of 74 cents were also higher year-over-year. The stock started rebounding slowly from its crisis low of $14.39.

However the company felt the full impact of the crisis in fiscal Q4 2020 ended May 20, 2020 with sales dropping 29.1% and new orders declining 19.4% as employees started working from home and were not buying the kind of high-end office furniture Herman Miller sells. The company reported a net loss of $2.95 per share before adjustments and adjusted earnings came in at 11 cents a share. In anticipation of these difficult conditions, the company had drawn down its $265 million credit facility in March and suspended future dividends in April.

Mr. Volkema has served on Herman Miller’s board of directors since 1995. He was the CEO of the company from 1995 to 2004 and has been the Chairman of the Board since 2000. He purchased 25,000 shares of the company at an average price of $21.94 in May, which is the first time in ten years we have seen him buy shares on the open market. He added another 25,000 shares last week. These actions indicate Mr. Volkema appears confident the company will survive this crisis just like it did the bursting of the dot com bubble when the stock hit a low in the mid-teens and the housing crisis when the stock hit a low in the high single digits.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Herman Miller, Inc. here.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 9.9 Industry P/E: N/A
P/S: 0.51 Price/Book: 1.95 EV/EBITDA: 5.66
Market Cap: $1.26B Avg. Daily Volume: 682,261 52 Week Range: $14.39 – $49.87

4. The Cooper Companies, Inc. (COO): $289.4

Shares of this medical device company were acquired by 2 insiders:

  • President & CEO Albert G. White acquired 1,000 shares, paying $278.23 per share for a total amount of $278,230. Mr. White increased his stake by 2.47% to 41,430 shares with this purchase.
  • EVP, CSO Holly R. Sheffield acquired 889 shares, paying $280.12 per share for a total amount of $249,024. Ms. Sheffield increased her stake by 169.33% to 1,414 shares with this purchase. 534 of these shares were purchased indirectly through a rollover IRA.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for The Cooper Companies, Inc. here.

P/E: 42.13 Forward P/E: 23.8 Industry P/E: 44.88
P/S: 6.07 Price/Book: 3.92 EV/EBITDA: 22.72
Market Cap: $15.43B Avg. Daily Volume: 379,011 52 Week Range: $236.68 – $365.68

5. Syneos Health, Inc. (SYNH): $56.38

Director John M. Dineen acquired 8,691 shares of this integrated biopharmaceutical solutions company, paying $59.11 per share for a total amount of $513,725. Mr. Dineen increased his stake by 99.50% to 17,426 shares with this purchase.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Syneos Health, Inc. here.

P/E: 30.53 Forward P/E: 15.16 Industry P/E: 45.52
P/S: 1.24 Price/Book: 1.97 EV/EBITDA: 15
Market Cap: $5.87B Avg. Daily Volume: 734,098 52 Week Range: $30.02 – $74.25

You can view the full list of purchases from this Insider Buying page.

Notable Insider Sales:

1. Zscaler, Inc. (ZS): $125.49

Shares of this cloud security company were sold by 2 insiders:

  • President of R&D and CTO Amit Sinha sold 140,000 shares for $122.03, generating $17.08 million from the sale. 10,000 of these shares were sold as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale.
  • Chief Strategy Officer Manoj Apte sold 56,666 shares for $121.55, generating $6.89 million from the sale. 16,666 of these shares were sold as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Zscaler, Inc. here.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 448.18 Industry P/E: 53.50
P/S: 41.84 Price/Book: 48.87 EV/EBITDA: -396.22
Market Cap: $16.38B Avg. Daily Volume: 3,638,380 52 Week Range: $35 – $128.75

2. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO): $153.91

Shares of this video games company were sold by 3 insiders:

  • Chief Financial Officer Lainie Goldstein sold 50,000 shares for $144.69, generating $7.23 million from the sale.
  • Chairman, CEO Strauss Zelnick sold 40,000 shares for $146.09, generating $5.84 million from the sale. These shares were sold indirectly through a trust.
  • Chief Legal Officer Daniel P. Emerson sold 5,318 shares for $150.00, generating $797,700 from the sale.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. here.

P/E: 43.48 Forward P/E: 26.72 Industry P/E: 97.52
P/S: 5.68 Price/Book: 6.54 EV/EBITDA: 30.08
Market Cap: $17.54B Avg. Daily Volume: 2,337,363 52 Week Range: $100 – $154.88

3. BeiGene, Ltd. (BGNE): $196.03

Shares of this biotech company were sold by 3 insiders:

  • Chief Executive Officer John Oyler sold 53,914 shares for $199.12, generating $10.74 million from the sale.
  • Director Xiaodong Wang sold 10,847 shares for $195.87, generating $2.12 million from the sale.
  • CMO, Hematology Jane Huang sold 3,921 shares for $200.00, generating $784,200 from the sale. These shares were sold as a result of exercising options immediately prior to the sale.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for BeiGene, Ltd. here.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: -13.29 Industry P/E: 1,517.60
P/S: 39.12 Price/Book: 5.4 EV/EBITDA: -10.68
Market Cap: $15.74B Avg. Daily Volume: 230,114 52 Week Range: $114.41 – $210.35

4. MongoDB, Inc. (MDB): $228.34

Shares of this general purpose database platform were sold by 6 insiders:

  • Chief Technology Officer Eliot Horowitz sold 41,623 shares for $222.79, generating $9.27 million from the sale.
  • President & CEO Dev Ittycheria sold 9,155 shares for $222.88, generating $2.04 million from the sale.
  • COO and CFO Michael Lawrence Gordon sold 4,998 shares for $222.88, generating $1.11 million from the sale.
  • Chief Revenue Officer Cedric Pech sold 2,149 shares for $227.29, generating $488,455 from the sale.
  • Director Charles M. Hazard Jr. sold 2,017 shares for $226.14, generating $456,117 from the sale.
  • Principal Accounting Officer Thomas Bull sold 398 shares for $222.88, generating $88,705 from the sale.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for MongoDB, Inc. here.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: -253.71 Industry P/E: 43.77
P/S: 25.01 Price/Book: 210.06 EV/EBITDA: -93.96
Market Cap: $11.57B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,057,655 52 Week Range: $93.81 – $243.92

5. ServiceNow, Inc. (NOW): $422.91

Director Frederic B. Luddy sold 28,600 shares of this software application company for $415.85, generating $11.89 million from the sale. These shares were sold indirectly through a trust.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for ServiceNow, Inc. here.

P/E: 126.02 Forward P/E: 78.9 Industry P/E: 53.50
P/S: 21.69 Price/Book: 35.59 EV/EBITDA: 210.47
Market Cap: $80.65B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,988,634 52 Week Range: $213.99 – $430.83

You can view the full list of sales from this Insider Sales page.

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