In this article, I will feature one consumer stock 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%.
Motorcar Parts of America (NASDAQ:MPAA) engages in manufactures, remanufactures, and distributes aftermarket automobile parts primarily in the United States and Canada.
Insider selling during the last 30 days
Here is a table of Motorcar Parts Of America's insider-trading activity during the last 30 days by insider.
|Name||Title||Trade Date||Shares Sold||Rule 10b5-1||Current Ownership||Decrease In Ownership|
|Rudolph Borneo||Director||Jan 6||25,000||No||20,000 shares||55.6%|
|Mel Marks||Director||Jan 2||24,000||Yes||340,746 shares||6.6%|
|Steven Kratz||COO||Dec 13||8,500||No||13,900 shares||37.9%|
|Kevin Daly||CAO||Dec 12||5,000||No||9,200 shares||35.2%|
|Joffe Selwyn||CEO||Dec 10||100,000||No||127,130 shares||44.0%|
There have been 162,500 shares sold by insiders during the last 30 days. Only Mel Marks sold shares pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 plan.
SEC Rule 10b5-1 is a regulation enacted by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2000. The SEC states that Rule 10b5-1 was enacted in order to resolve an unsettled issue over the definition of insider trading, which is prohibited by SEC Rule 10b-5. After Rule 10b5-1 was enacted, the SEC staff publicly took the position that canceling a planned trade made under the safe harbor does not constitute insider trading, even if the person was aware of the inside information when canceling the trade. This staff interpretation raises the possibility that executives can exploit this safe harbor by entering into 10b5-1 trading plans before they have inside information while retaining the option to later cancel those plans based on inside information.
For example, a CEO of a company could call a broker on January 1 and enter into a plan to sell a particular quantity of shares of his company's stock on March 1, find out terrible news about his company on February 1 that will not become public until April 1, and then go forward with the March 1 sale anyway, saving himself from losing money when the bad news becomes public. Under the terms of Rule 10b5-1(b) this is insider trading because the CEO "was aware" of the inside information when he made the trade. But he can assert an affirmative defense under Rule 10b5-1(c), because he planned the trade before he learned the inside information.
In general, it is a safer way for an insider to sell shares pursuant to a Rule 10b5-1 trading plan than without it.
Insider selling by calendar month
Here is a table of Motorcar Parts Of America's insider-trading activity by calendar month.
|Month||Insider selling / shares||Insider buying / shares|
There have been 567,948 shares sold, and there have been 3,000 shares purchased by insiders since January 2013. The month of December has seen the most insider selling.
Motorcar Parts Of America reported the fiscal 2014 second-quarter, which ended September 30, financial results on November 12 with the following highlights:
|Net income||$2.2 million|
Motorcar Parts Of America has the highest P/S ratio among these three companies.
Here is a table of these competitors' insider-trading activities during the last six months.
|Company||Insider buying / shares||Insider selling / shares|
Only Motorcar Parts of America has seen intensive insider selling during the last 30 days.
There have been five different insiders selling Motorcar Parts Of America, and there have not been any insiders buying Motorcar Parts Of America during the last 30 days. Four of these five insiders decreased their holdings by more than 10%. Motorcar Parts Of America has an insider ownership of 1.50%.
Before entering short Motorcar Parts Of America, I would like to get a bearish confirmation from the Point and Figure chart. The two main reasons for the proposed short entry are relatively high P/S ratio, and the intensive insider-selling activity.
Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.