In this article, I will feature one industrial goods company that has seen intensive insider selling during the last 30 days. Intensive insider selling can be defined by the following three criteria:
- The stock was sold by three or more insiders within one month.
- The stock was not purchased by any insiders in the month of intensive selling.
- At least two sellers decreased their holdings by more than 10%.
Eagle Materials (EXP) manufactures and distributes building products used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction in the United States.
Insider selling during the last 30 days
Here is a table of Eagle Materials' insider-trading activity during the last 30 days by insider.
|Name||Title||Trade Date||Shares Sold||Rule 10b5-1||Current Ownership||Decrease In Ownership|
|Craig Kesler||CFO||Oct 1||10,167||No||64,173 shares||13.7%|
|Robert Stewart||EVP||Sep 30||24,410||No||43,459 shares + 34,267 options||23.9%|
|Gerald Essl||EVP||Sep 27||19,046||No||49,770 shares + 9,523 options||24.3%|
|Steven Rowley||CEO||Sep 26-27||197,000||No||166,373 shares||54.2%|
There have been 250,623 shares sold by insiders during the last 30 days. More details about the Rule 10b5-1 trading plan can be found from this link.
Insider selling by calendar month
Here is a table of Eagle Materials' insider-trading activity by calendar month.
|Month||Insider selling / shares||Insider buying / shares|
There have been 438,615 shares sold and there have been 1,000 shares purchased by insiders this year.
Eagle Materials reported the fiscal 2014 first-quarter, which ended June 30, financial results on August 7 with the following highlights:
|Net income||$30.1 million|
The U.S. cement consumption outlook favors higher cement prices.
Eagle Materials' competitors include USG Corporation (USG). Here is a table comparing these two companies.
Eagle Materials is trading at a higher P/S ratio than its direct competitor. USG Corporation has seen six insider sell transactions this year. Only Eagle Materials has seen intensive insider selling during the past 30 days.
There have been four different insiders selling Eagle Materials and there have not been any insiders buying Eagle Materials during the past 30 days. All four of these insiders decreased their holdings by more than 10%. Eagle Materials has an insider ownership of 1.10%.
Eagle Materials is trading at a P/E ratio of 49.31 and a forward P/E ratio of 17.01. The company has a book value of $14.82 per share and the stock has a dividend yield of 0.53%.
Before entering short Eagle Materials, I would like to get a bearish confirmation from the Point and Figure chart. The two main reasons for the proposed short entry are high P/S ratio and the intensive insider selling activity.