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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Evans Bancorp, Inc. (NYSEMKT:EVBN)?

Simply Wall St

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Evans Bancorp, Inc. (NYSEMKT:EVBN).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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.'

Check out our latest analysis for Evans Bancorp

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Evans Bancorp

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Chairman of the Board Lee Wortham for US$93k worth of shares, at about US$33.35 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$34.80. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. The good news for Evans Bancorp share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 5477.33 shares for US$188k. But insiders sold 2250 shares worth US$74k. Overall, Evans Bancorp insiders were net buyers last year. 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!

AMEX:EVBN Recent Insider Trading, August 22nd 2019

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Does Evans Bancorp 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. Our data indicates that Evans Bancorp insiders own about US$7.9m worth of shares (which is 4.7% of the company). We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Evans Bancorp Tell Us?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Evans Bancorp shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. We'd like to see bigger individual holdings. However, we don't see anything to make us think Evans Bancorp insiders are doubting the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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