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Multiple insiders secured a larger position in Porch Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PRCH) shares over the last 12 months. This is reassuring as this suggests that insiders have increased optimism about the company's prospects.
While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Porch Group
The Founder Matthew Ehrlichman made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.0m worth of shares at a price of US$7.59 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price of US$4.12. 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. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.
Porch Group insiders may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn't sell any. Their average price was about US$4.92. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices. You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insiders at Porch Group Have Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that Porch Group insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. In total, insiders bought US$2.1m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.
Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. 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 18% of Porch Group shares, worth about US$72m. 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 Do The Porch Group Insider Transactions Indicate?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. However, we note that the company didn't make a profit over the last twelve months, which makes us cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Porch Group 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. At Simply Wall St, we found 3 warning signs for Porch Group that deserve your attention before buying any shares.
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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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