Which Insiders Are Selling VMware Inc. (VMW) Shares?

The stock of VMware Inc. (NYSE:VMW) increased by increased by $2.36 on Friday to finish at $167.06, up 1.43 percent. The last five days have seen an average of 1,682,580 shares of common stock traded. 16 times new highs were reached in the current year, with a gain of $26.80. The average number of shares traded over the last 20 days was 1,188,565, while the average volume over the last 50 days totaled 1,407,276.

VMW stock appreciated 17.52% since last month. On 09/23/21, the company’s shares reached a one-month low of $139.30. The stock touched a high of $172.00 on 04/19/21, after rallying from a low of $126.79 in 52 weeks. The price of VMW stock has risen by 19.11% or $26.80 this year, reaching a new high 16 times. Still, the stock price is down -2.87% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

There have been 21 days since VMware Inc. (VMW) last reported insider trading activity on Oct 04. On Oct 04, EVP, GC & Secretary Olli Amy Fliegelman sold 2,266 shares at $151.15 each. This transaction resulted in the insider making $342,506. On Sep 07, Dhawan Sumit sold 1,600 shares at a price of US$146.52. After the transaction, the insider now owns 65,793 shares. EVP, GC & Secretary Olli Amy Fliegelman had earlier sold 1,478 shares on Sep 02 for $147.18 a share. The transaction was completed for $217,532.

Valuation Metrics

VMware Inc. (VMW) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 34.30. This level actually compares favorably with the industry at large, as the PE for the Software – Infrastructure industry stands at about 47.10. Further, its PE also compares favorably with the Technology sector’s trailing 12 months PE ratio, which comes in at 38.99 right now. The PE ratio of VMware Inc. has varied between 101.88 and 6.168 in the last five years. Beta for the stock is 0.78. There are also a few other valuation ratios worth considering, including the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 5.61, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 7.28, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 16.73.

For the three months ended July 30, VMware Inc.’s quick ratio was 1.10, while its current ratio was 1.10, indicating its ability to pay off its debt. The company’s long-term debt to equity ratio for the quarter ending July 30 is 0.52, and the total debt to equity ratio is 0.52. As far as profitability goes, gross margin for the trailing twelve months is 82.40% percent. VMware Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ended July 30 was 27.35%, whereas its operating margin stood at 20.50% for the same period. Based on annual data, it had gross profit of $9.72 billion and revenue of $11.77 billion.

Investors will also look at the performance of the company’s management in order to determine the potential profitability of their investment. VMW’s return on assets (ROA) during the last 12 months has been 7.20%. There was a 14.60% return on investment (ROI) in the past year. In the meantime, the return on equity (ROE) for the last 12 months was 22.50%. ROE has averaged 3.34 in the past year for the broader industry.

Earnings Surprise

According to VMware Inc.’s quarterly financial report for the quarter that ended July 30, it had $4.72 billion in total debt versus $82.0 million in cash and short-term investments. A higher net income was reported in the quarter under review than the previous quarter. Net income for the quarter came in at $3.14 billion, while revenues rose by 12.87% to $2.99 billion. It was predicted that VMware Inc.’s quarterly earnings would be $1.75, but it ended up being $1.64, beating the consensus by 6.70%. EBITDA was $800.0 million for the quarter. At the end of VMware Inc.’s most recent quarter ended July 30, its liabilities totaled 19.84 billion, while its total debt was $6.08 billion. Equity owned by shareholders amounts to $418.75 million.

Technical Picture

Here’s a quick look at VMware Inc.’s (VMW) price momentum from a technical perspective. As of 22 October, the RSI 9-day stood at 81.33%, suggesting the stock is Overbought, with a 12.11% historical volatility rate.

The stochastic %K and %D were 96.46% and 94.75% respectively, while the average true range (ATR) was 3.85. Based on the 14-day stochastic reading of 96.44%, the RSI (14) reading is 74.22%. On the 9-day MACD Oscillator, the stock is at 7.40, and the 14-day reading is at 10.07.

Analyst Ratings

Analysts have assigned VMware Inc. (VMW) an Overweight rating. VMW is a stock that is recommended for selling by 0 brokerage firms, while 13 companies recommend holding. The stock is underweighted by 0 analysts. Among the analysts who rate the stock, 4 rates it overweight and 10 others recommend it as a buy.

What is VMW’s price target for the next 12 months?

The current consensus forecast for the stock is between $157.00 and $200.00, with a median target price of $172.00. In analyzing these forecasts, the average price target given by analysts for VMware Inc. (VMW) is $172.07.


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