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A SJW Group (NYSE:SJW) Insider Lowered Their Holding by 23% Earlier This Year

Simply Wall St ·  09/03 20:55

Insiders were net sellers of SJW Group's (NYSE:SJW ) stock during the past year. That is, insiders sold more stock than they bought.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

View our latest analysis for SJW Group

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At SJW Group

The insider, Katharine Armstrong, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$160k worth of shares at a price of US$69.58 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$64.10. 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. Katharine Armstrong was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

Katharine Armstrong sold a total of 4.30k shares over the year at an average price of US$69.04. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

insider-trading-volumeNYSE:SJW Insider Trading Volume September 3rd 2022

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Insider Ownership Of SJW Group

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. SJW Group insiders own about US$223m worth of shares (which is 12% 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 Does This Data Suggest About SJW Group Insiders?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. While we feel good about high insider ownership of SJW Group, we can't say the same about the selling of shares. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for SJW Group (of which 1 doesn't sit too well with us!) you should know about.

But note: SJW Group may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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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