It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Douglas Emmett, Inc. (NYSE:DEI).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.
Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'
Douglas Emmett Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Lead Independent Director William Simon for US$297k worth of shares, at about US$34.17 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$40.49. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. The good news for Douglas Emmett share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. William Simon was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.
William Simon purchased 16400 shares over the year. The average price per share was US$36.23. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It's great to see that Douglas Emmett insiders own 4.5% of the company, worth about US$372m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Do The Douglas Emmett Insider Transactions Indicate?
There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. With high insider ownership and encouraging transactions, it seems like Douglas Emmett insiders think the business has merit. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Douglas Emmett, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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