EC Insider Trading Report Edition 307: Notable Buys And Sales

Welcome to edition 307 of Insider Weekends. Insider buying decreased last week with insiders buying $43.91 million of stock compared to $120.89 million in the week prior. Selling more than doubled with insiders selling $2.43 billion of stock last week compared to $596.16 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 55.46. In other words, insiders sold more than 55 times as much stock as they purchased. The Sell/Buy ratio this week compares unfavorably with the prior week, when the ratio stood at 4.93. 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.

Insider Sell Buy Ratio May 6, 2016

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. Cimpress N.V. (CMPR): $90.96

Director Scott J. Vassalluzzo acquired 67,500 shares of this business services company (operator of Vistaprint), paying $89.05 per share for a total amount of $6.01 million. Mr. Vassalluzzo increased his stake by 5,003.71% to 68,849 shares with this purchase.

You can view the list of recent insider transactions for Cimpress N.V. here.

P/E: 41.8 Forward P/E: 18.99 Industry P/E: 19.85
P/S: 1.76 Price/Book: 17.81 EV/EBITDA: 16.59
Market Cap: $2.86B Avg. Daily Volume: 245,238 52 Week Range: $63.15 – $99.95

2. Bank of the Ozarks, Inc. (OZRK): $37.23

Shares of this regional bank were acquired by 2 insiders:

  • Director Ross M. Whipple acquired 120,000 shares, paying $37.78 per share for a total amount of $4.53 million. 100,000 of these shares were purchased indirectly by LLLP.
  • Director Nicholas A. Brown acquired 2,900 shares, paying $36.86 per share for a total amount of $106,887. Mr. Brown increased his stake by 55.89% to 8,089 shares with this purchase.

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

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