Insider buying can be a good indicator of a company’s growth prospects because insiders often have insight into material nonpublic information about their companies. Senior executives at Starbucks (SBUX), Coinbase (COIN), and TransDigm (TDG) have been purchasing shares of their own companies of late. So, we think it could be wise to add these stocks to one’s watchlist. Read on.
The major market indexes ended in the red yesterday, with the Dow Industrial Average falling 0.5%, while the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite declined 0.7% each. Since the beginning of the year, the stock market has faced significant selling pressure on investors’ concerns about interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve to tame multi-decade high inflation, supply disruptions arising from the Russia-Ukraine war, rising energy and commodity prices , and the potential for a recession.
Given the volatile market backdrop, investors have been tracking insider stock purchases to identify fundamentally sound companies. An insider can be anyone employed by the company–typically an executive or a manager–who owns more than 10% of the company’s voting shares. Due to their active involvement in the company’s affairs, insiders usually have the most up-to-date information on a company and its outlook. Insider buying is often considered a reliable indicator of a company’s performance because insiders often have intimate details of a company’s operations, Capex plans, and order flows that could be unknown to analysts and investors. Thus, heavy insider buying could mean that the people who are part of the business are bullish on its prospects.
Senior executives of Starbucks Corporation (SBUX), Coinbase Global, Inc. (COIN), and TransDigm Group Incorporated (TDG) have been purchasing a significant number of shares of these companies recently, respectively. Thus, we think it could be wise to add these stocks to one’s watchlist.
Starbucks Corporation (SBUX)
SBUX in Seattle, Wash., operates more than 33,000 stores as a premier roaster, marketer, and retailer of specialty coffee worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Americas, International, and Channel Development. It offers coffee and tea beverages, roasted whole bean and ground coffees, single-serve and ready-to-drink drinks, iced tea, and various food products.
On May 24, 2022, SBUX announced that it had agreed to Bolthouse Farms acquisition of Evolution Fresh’s brand and business. This move should enable SBUX to focus on growing its core business while also improving its customer experience.
SBUX CEO Howard Schultz purchased SBUX shares worth $10 million on May 10. He bought another 72,500 shares on May 12 for an average price of $68.85 per share.
SBUX’s consolidated net revenues increased 14.5% year-over-year to $7.63 billion for the second quarter, ended April 3, 2022. The company’s net earnings rose 2.3% year-over-year to $674.50 million. Also, its EPS came in at $0.58, representing a 3.6% increase year-over-year.
Analysts expect SBUX’s EPS for its fiscal 2023 to increase 20.2% year-over-year to $3.45. Its revenue for its fiscal 2022 is expected to grow 11% year-over-year to $32.25 billion. And over the past month, the stock has gained 2.2% in price to close the last trading session at $76.28.
SBUX’s POWR Ratings reflect solid prospects. The POWR Ratings assesses stocks by 118 distinct factors, each with its own weighting. It has a B grade for Quality.
It is ranked #24 of 44 stocks in the B-rated Restaurants industry. Click here to see the other ratings of SBUX for Growth, Value, Momentum, Stability, and Sentiment.
Coinbase Global, Inc. (COIN)
San Francisco’s COIN is a financial technology company that provides end-to-end economic infrastructure and technology. The company offers the primary financial account in the crypto economy for retailers, a marketplace with a pool of liquidity for transacting in crypto assets for institutions, and technology and services that enable an ecosystem of partners to build crypto-based applications and securely accept crypto-asset payments .
On May 13, 2022, COIN’s director Frederick Ernest Ehrsam III, acquired 706,554 shares of the firm’s stock for an average price of $70.77 per share.
For its fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2022, COIN’s net revenue declined 27% year-over-year to $1.16 billion. The company’s monthly transacting users (MTU) increased 50.8% year-over-year to 9.20 million. Also, its assets on the platform increased 14.7% year-over-year to $256 billion. In addition, its adjusted EBITDA declined 98.2% year-over-year to $20 million.
For its fiscal 2023, COIN’s EPS and revenue are expected to increase 48.7% and 26%, respectively, year-over-year to $3.83 and $5.71 billion. It surpassed consensus EPS estimates in three of the trailing four quarters. And over the past month, the stock has declined 39.1% in price to close the last trading session at $68.63.
TransDigm Group Incorporated (TDG)
TDG in Cleveland, Ohio, is a designer, producer, and supplier of engineered aircraft components for use on commercial and military aircraft in service. Its segments include Power & Control, Airframe, and Non-aviation. Its product offerings include mechanical/electro-mechanical actuators and controls, belts, and safety restraints for ground transportation applications.
On May 25, 2022, TDG announced the completion of the acquisition of DART Aerospace from Greenbriar Equity Group, LP, for $360 million. The acquisition will increase TDG’s revenues and give it exposure to the aftermarket.
On May 23, 2022, TDG director Robert Small 47,851 shares of TDG.
TDG’s net sales increased 11% year-over-year to $1.32 billion for its fiscal second quarter, ended April 2, 2022. The company’s adjusted net income increased 50.3% year-over-year to $227 million. And its adjusted EPS came in at $3.86, representing a 49.6% increase year-over-year.
Analysts expect TDG’s EPS for its fiscal 2022 to increase 34.3% year-over-year to $16.29. Its revenue for the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2022, is expected to increase 16.7% year-over-year to $1.49 billion. It surpassed the Street’s EPS estimates in three of the trailing four quarters. And over the past six months, the stock has gained 8.4% in price to close the last trading session at $600.09.
TDG’s POWR Ratings reflects this promising outlook. It has a B grade for Quality.
It is ranked #37 of 77 stocks in the Air/Defense Services industry. Click here to see the other ratings of TDG for Growth, Value, Momentum, Stability, and Sentiment.
SBUX shares rose $0.35 (+0.46%) in premarket trading Thursday. Year-to-date, SBUX has declined -33.99%, versus a -13.50% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.
About the Author: Dipanjan Banchur
Since he was in grade school, Dipanjan was interested in the stock market. This led to him obtaining a master’s degree in Finance and Accounting. Currently, as an investment analyst and financial journalist, Dipanjan has a strong interest in reading and analyzing emerging trends in financial markets.
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