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Bullish insiders bet US$2.4m on Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC)

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Quite a few insiders have dramatically grown their holdings in Agree Realty Corporation (NYSE:ADC) over the past 12 months. An insider's optimism about the company's prospects is a positive sign.

Although we don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

See our latest analysis for Agree Realty

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Agree Realty

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director John Rakolta for US$1.4m worth of shares, at about US$67.82 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$65.68). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

In the last twelve months Agree Realty insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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Agree Realty is not the only stock insiders are buying. So take a peek at this free list of growing companies with insider buying.

Agree Realty Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Agree Realty insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. President Joel Agree spent US$212k on stock, and there wasn't any selling. That shows some optimism about the company's future.

Does Agree Realty Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 2.1% of Agree Realty shares, worth about US$98m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Agree Realty Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Agree Realty insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. Case in point: We've spotted 2 warning signs for Agree Realty you should be aware of, and 1 of these doesn't sit too well with us.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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