Reuben Mark, who is a member of the Board of Directors at $4.8 billion market cap sporting goods retailer Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB), bought 5,000 shares of the company’s stock on May 30th at an average price of $67.65 per share. Studies show that stocks bought by insiders narrowly outperform the market (read our analysis of studies on insider trading) and we think that this is because insiders have to be confident in the company to buy more stock and therefore reduce the diversification of their wealth. While imitating every insider purchase is impossible, we like to provide brief coverage of insider purchases so that investors can do further research on any interesting names.
Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB) has more than doubled in price over the last year, and is up over 400% in the last five years. As a sporting goods retailer, Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB) has benefitted strongly from the higher demand for guns that has been present in the last few years (which we’d attribute, among other factors, to worries by gun owners that the federal government will soon further restrict sales of guns and ammunition). In the first quarter of 2013, revenue rose 29% versus a year earlier fueled by strong comp sales growth. The company specifically called out growth in hunting equipment as a key driver here. Earnings grew 73% over the same time frame, and cash flow from operations for the quarter was over $120 million. The market has already priced in quite a bit of further growth, and so Cabelas Inc (NYSE:CAB) trades at 25 times trailing earnings and at 17 times consensus earnings forecasts for 2014.
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