Insider Weekends: Landis Martin Continues His Purchases Of Crown Castle International

Welcome to edition 578 of Insider Weekends. Insider buying decreased last week with insiders purchasing $60.2 million of stock purchased compared to $73.76 million in the week prior. Selling also decreased significantly to $1.49 billion compared to $3.58 billion 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 dropped to 24.79. In other words, insiders sold almost 25 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week was favorable compared to the prior week when the ratio stood at 48.57.

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. Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT) (CCI): $193.09

Director Landis J. Martin acquired 11,200 shares of this cellular towers REIT, paying $191.51 per share for a total amount of $2.14 million. Mr. Martin increased his stake by 8.58% to 141,755 shares with this purchase.

It is interesting to see Mr. Martin continue his string of purchases of Crown Castle International. We wrote the following after a $2.26 million purchase by him in April 2019 at an average price of $123.13,

Mr. Martin has been on Crown Castle’s board since its inception in 1995 through November 1998 and then again from November 1999 through present. He has served as its non-executive Chairman since 2002. A lawyer by training, he has been the CEO of several publicly-held industrial, chemical and metals companies.

Crown Castle first showed up on my radar several years ago due to very heavy insider selling. In recent years, we have started seeing a string of insider buying and for 2019 most insider transactions have been either insider purchases or option exercises that were not followed by sales. Like most wireless tower companies, Crown Castle also converted to a real estate investment trust (REIT) structure in 2014. The company sports a dividend yield of 3.63% and like most wireless tower companies, excellent operating margins. I wonder if Mr. Martin and other insiders are looking at the upcoming 5G rollout as the impetus for further double digit revenue growth.

As we expected a couple of years ago, 5G rollout did in fact help with the company’s growth and the company expects a 12% increase in adjusted funds from operations (AFFO) for 2021. The company is also benefiting from a roll out of fiber optic cable as you can see from their asset map below. The company has grown its dividend by 9% annually since 2017 and expects to grow it 7% to 8% going forward. With a current dividend yield of 2.76%, this REIT doesn’t look as attractive as it was during Mr. Martin’s April 2019 purchases but is worth adding to a watch list in case of a pull back from current levels.

CCI Assets (source: Q2 2021 investor presentation)

CCI Assets (source: Q2 2021 investor presentation)

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Crown Castle International Corp. (REIT) here.

P/E: 79.04 Forward P/E: 61.3 Industry P/E: 74.59
P/S: 13.8 Price/Book: 9.58 EV/EBITDA: 32.45
Market Cap: $83.45B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,568,976 52 Week Range: $146.15 – $204.62

2. Archer-Daniels-Midland Company (ADM): $59.72

President & CEO Juan R. Luciano acquired 16,790 shares of this farm products company, paying $59.54 per share for a total amount of $999,700. These shares were purchased indirectly through a trust.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Archer-Daniels-Midland Company here.

P/E: 14.56 Forward P/E: 13.42 Industry P/E: 22.89
P/S: 0.45 Price/Book: 1.55 EV/EBITDA: 11.91
Market Cap: $33.41B Avg. Daily Volume: 2,542,246 52 Week Range: $42.47 – $69.3

3. Glacier Bancorp, Inc. (GBCI): $51.56

Director Craig A. Langel acquired 15,000 shares of this regional bank, paying $51.55 per share for a total amount of $773,250. Mr. Langel increased his stake by 23.41% to 79,083 shares with this purchase.

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

P/E: 15.47 Forward P/E: 18.61 Industry P/E: 11.93
P/S: 6.15 Price/Book: 2.09 EV/EBITDA: N/A
Market Cap: $4.92B Avg. Daily Volume: 392,476 52 Week Range: $30.05 – $67.35

4. Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NCBS): $72.39

Shares of this regional bank were acquired by 2 insiders:

  • CFO Hubert Phillip Moore Jr. acquired 7,000 shares, paying $72.95 per share for a total amount of $510,630. Mr. Moore increased his stake by 70.00% to 17,000 shares with this purchase.
  • Director Robert J. Weyers acquired 3,500 shares, paying $72.50 per share for a total amount of $253,750. These shares were purchased indirectly by RJW Family Investments LLC.

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

P/E: 10.37 Forward P/E: 11.14 Industry P/E: 11.93
P/S: 3.5 Price/Book: 1.31 EV/EBITDA: N/A
Market Cap: $712.54M Avg. Daily Volume: 47,590 52 Week Range: $53.23 – $86.25

5. Anthem, Inc. (ANTM): $384.01

Director Ryan M. Schneider acquired 1,300 shares of this health insurer, paying $384.36 per share for a total amount of $499,668. Mr. Schneider increased his stake by 38.08% to 4,714 shares with this purchase.

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

P/E: 22.72 Forward P/E: 13.56 Industry P/E: 27.68
P/S: 0.72 Price/Book: 2.68 EV/EBITDA: 10.22
Market Cap: $93.63B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,071,722 52 Week Range: $244.1 – $406

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

Notable Insider Sales:

1. Snap Inc. (SNAP): $74.42

Shares of this social media company were sold by 3 insiders:

  • Chief Executive Officer Evan Spiegel sold 1,994,334 shares for $75.22, generating $150 million from the sale.
  • Chief Technology Officer Robert C. Murphy sold 950,000 shares for $75.48, generating $71.71 million from the sale.
  • General Counsel Michael J. O’Sullivan sold 25,000 shares for $77.43, generating $1.94 million from the sale.

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

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 111.08 Industry P/E: 30.03
P/S: 35.21 Price/Book: 40.36 EV/EBITDA: -178.34
Market Cap: $117.67B Avg. Daily Volume: 18,941,703 52 Week Range: $20.61 – $79.18

2. Facebook, Inc. (FB): $356.3

Shares of Facebook were sold by 2 insiders:

  • COB and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sold 386,500 shares for $365.88, generating $141.41 million from the sale. These shares were sold indirectly by various entities.
  • VP and General Counsel Jennifer Newstead sold 250 shares for $371.91, generating $92,978 from the sale.

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

P/E: 26.46 Forward P/E: 23.41 Industry P/E: 30.03
P/S: 9.64 Price/Book: 7.28 EV/EBITDA: 18.41
Market Cap: $1.01T Avg. Daily Volume: 16,570,009 52 Week Range: $244.13 – $377.55

3. DraftKings Inc. (DKNG): $48.5

Shares of this digital sports entertainment and gaming company were sold by 2 insiders:

  • Director Shalom Meckenzie sold 638,325 shares for $50.08, generating $31.97 million from the sale.
  • Chief Financial Officer Jason Park sold 53,350 shares for $48.84, generating $2.61 million 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 DraftKings Inc. here.

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: N/A Industry P/E: N/A
P/S: 23.24 Price/Book: 8.35 EV/EBITDA: -19.46
Market Cap: $19.48B Avg. Daily Volume: 15,616,750 52 Week Range: $30.51 – $74.38

4. Bentley Systems, Incorporated (BSY): $60.81

Shares of this infrastructure engineering software solutions provider were sold by 2 insiders:

  • Chief Technology Officer Keith A. Bentley sold 375,718 shares for $60.06, generating $22.57 million from the sale.
  • Executive Vice President Raymond B. Bentley sold 164,494 shares for $60.42, generating $9.94 million from the sale.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Bentley Systems, Incorporated here.

P/E: 121.38 Forward P/E: N/A Industry P/E: 57.02
P/S: 20.3 Price/Book: 47.03 EV/EBITDA: 69.1
Market Cap: $16.83B Avg. Daily Volume: 1,901,041 52 Week Range: $27 – $67

5. DocuSign, Inc. (DOCU): $298.04

Chief Revenue Officer Loren Alhadeff sold 51,544 shares of this cloud-based software provider for $306.22, generating $15.78 million from the sale.

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

P/E: N/A Forward P/E: 134.86 Industry P/E: 57.02
P/S: 35.73 Price/Book: 238.62 EV/EBITDA: -819.01
Market Cap: $58.07B Avg. Daily Volume: 2,943,534 52 Week Range: $179.49 – $310.506

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

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