The fact that multiple HashiCorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HCP) insiders offloaded a considerable amount of shares over the past year could have raised some eyebrows amongst investors. When evaluating insider transactions, knowing whether insiders are buying versus if they selling is usually more beneficial, as the latter can be open to many interpretations. However, if numerous insiders are selling, shareholders should investigate more.
Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Co-Founder, Armon Dadgar, sold US$984k worth of shares at a price of US$25.90 per share. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$20.17. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.
Over the last year we saw more insider selling of HashiCorp shares, than buying. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Over the last three months, we've seen significant insider selling at HashiCorp. Specifically, Chief Marketing & Business Operations Officer Marc Holmes ditched US$148k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. Overall this makes us a bit cautious, but it's not the be all and end all.
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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It's great to see that HashiCorp insiders own 12% of the company, worth about US$483m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
An insider hasn't bought HashiCorp stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn't give us much comfort. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we're a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing HashiCorp. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for HashiCorp you should be aware of.
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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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