According to section 16 of the SEC, a company’s management and any other person who holds more than 10% stake in a company’s equity are considered an insider. Transactions by these insiders are not always illegal, but activity is considered illegal if it occurs prior to any important news not yet published.
To make the transaction legal, insiders must file Form 4 with the SEC regarding any change in their holding within two working days. Now, insiders generally have positions with a long term perspective. That makes the insiders’ transactions important to investors, as they have a deeper knowledge of the industry and the company’s fundamentals.
Lets look at 3 companies in which management has increased its holding by more than 80% over the past six months. It’s like they say, insiders sell stock for many reasons, but they buy for only one.
|Company||Insiders Holding (>80%)|
|Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC)||167.42%|
|The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL)||92.94%|
|American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC)||87.28%|
Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has had a strong relationship with the U.S. Department of Defense for many years. It recently signed a four-year IT contract of $318 million with the Defense Intelligence Agency, or DIA. Under this contract, the company will develop, design, and integrate enterprise applications.
The Longbow LLC, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Lockheed Martin, has won a $90.6 million contract in Saudi Arabia. In this contract, it will build Longbow fire control radars, or FCRs, for the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter as well as AH-64E Longbow FCRs for the Royal Saudi Land Forces. The Longbow FCR helps Apache aircrew identify the target’s location in all weather conditions and thus strengthening its attack ability. Saudi Arabia is one of the leading international clients for the Longbow system, and the joint venture should lead to more orders in the future.
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) has planned for the restructuring of $1.2 billion senior and subordinate debt maturing notes by issuing preferred shares and low interest bearing debt. It will also redeem $1.8 billion of debt at a premium via a tender offer which means its restructuring $3 billion of its debt. It will then be able to reduce its annual interest expense by $65 million, which will enhance its operating margin.
To get more premiums, The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) has adopted more customer oriented strategies. These strategies focus on distribution, pricing, and offer new products and services to its distinct customer segments. By doing this, the company will improve its combined ratio (CR).
The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL) is looking to improve its CR to 88%-90% this year, compared to 95.5% in 2012. In this case, lower is better, as a CR below 100% indicates the company is making more premium earnings. The Allstate Corporation (NYSE:ALL), expects to generate operating revenue of $33.5 billion for 2013 as compared to $32.99 billion in 2012.
In 2012, American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ:AGNC) shifted 60% of its loan portfolio to low rate mortgage-backed securities and Home Affordable Refinance program, or HARP, securities in order to earn regular interest on its loans and to reduce its prepayment risk. With this move, the company improved its interest rate spread which is the profit margin for financial institutions. It also reduced its prepayment risk to 9%, compared to 11% in the previous quarter.