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The market continues to churn upward and hit all-time highs on a regular basis in recent weeks. This week equities were buoyed somewhat by growing confidence that the Federal Reserve will soon cut interest rates by a quarter of a percent. Overall, the market indices were flattish on the week.
With stocks in elevated territory, which shares still have interest to insiders? Today, we take a look at three stocks seeing recent and notable insider buying.
Let's start with CalAmp (CAMP). This concern is a communication equipment provided headquartered just south of Los Angeles that has a market camp just under $400 million. The company provides mobile resource management telematics devices for the Internet of Things market as well as other telematics products, including asset tracking units, mobile telematics devices, fixed, mobile wireless gateways, and routers.
On July 2nd and July 3rd, a director purchased just over $550,000 in additional shares for his core holdings. This is the first insider purchase in this equity in some three years. In addition, Northland Securities last week issued the first Buy recommendation on the stock since May 1st. It upgraded the stock to an Outperform and raised its price target three bucks a share to $20 price target on CAMP. The analyst firm also provided the following commentary on the company.
We could see the categories blend over time, such as is starting at Twilio and Ooma. SOTP and Rule of 40. IoT companies have non-SaaS elements, such as hardware and consumer services. We use a sum-of- the-parts (SOTP) approach to determine implied SaaS valuations for such business segments. The tables attached show those values. The median Rule of 40 (SaaS growth plus EBITDA margin) metric across all companies covered is 33 and the median EV/SaaS value under an SOTP is 5.8x. Additionally, we believe the Rule of 40 is the best barometer for valuing SaaS businesses. Companies in the broader SaaS group and that have a metric in the 20-30 range garner about 5.4x CY19 revenue today. Broader SaaS comps are attached too, segmented by major Rule of 40 ranges. CAMP Attractive.”
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Next up is Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) which has been in the news of late. This week the company announced preliminary Q2 results and a multi-year pact with Charter Communications (CHTR) for continuing to carry its broadcast TV and Tennis Channel stations. The company is in the middle of a proposed $9.6 billion acquisition of 21 Fox regional sports networks from Disney (DIS). The Charter deal is provides a term extension for the currently carried FOX regional sports networks once they are acquired from Disney.
The Executive Chairman seems to be on board with the company's direction. On July 10th, he added over $20 million to his already considerable holdings via numerous transactions. Analysts also seem sanguine about Sinclair's prospects. Both B Riley FBR and Evercore ISI upgraded the stock to a Buy in early May. After preliminary Q2 results came out this week, Benchmark reissued its Buy rating and $90 price target.
An article from another SA contributor in late June had an intrinsic value of $78 a share for SBGI. The stock has had a healthy move so far in 2019 but it seems several analysts and at least one insider seem to believe further upside could be ahead.
Finally, we have building materials concern BlueLinx Holdings (BXC). This company based just outside of Atlanta distributes structural products, including plywood, oriented strand board, rebar and remesh, lumber, spruce, and other wood products used in the building trade.
In the first insider buying of 2019, a beneficial owner of the company added nearly $1.4 million to his core holdings on July 5th and July 8th. The company in its Q1 report stated it expects its recent Cedar Creek acquisition to be completed by the third quarter. BlueLinx also envisions achieving a run rate of $50 million in synergies from that purchase by 2020.
With 30-Year mortgage rates now back down near a two-year low after spiking to just over five percent last summer, housing activity should be stronger in the second half of 2019 than it was in the first half provided the jobs market continues to be robust. Despite a nearly $200 million market cap, this company gets beyond sparse coverage from wall street. I can find no ratings for 2019 on the stock. However, based on these recent purchases, at least one insider is signaling he believes the company's prospects are bright.
And those are three interesting names seeing recent and notable insider buying even as most of the market indices are at or near all-time highs.
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