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This Insider Has Just Sold Shares In Smartsheet Inc. (NYSE:SMAR)

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Some Smartsheet Inc. (NYSE:SMAR) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the Chair of the Board of Directors, Geoffrey Barker, recently sold a whopping US$7.7m worth of stock at a price of US$38.34 per share. That's a big dump, and it decreased their holding size by 18%, which is notable but not too bad.

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Smartsheet Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent sale by Geoffrey Barker was the biggest sale of Smartsheet shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$39.37. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 340000 shares worth US$13m. In the last year Smartsheet insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:SMAR Recent Insider Trading, October 9th 2019

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Does Smartsheet Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Smartsheet insiders own about US$378m worth of shares (which is 8.2% of the company). Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

So What Do The Smartsheet Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn't make us feel confident about the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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, but not derivative transactions.

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