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Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Malvern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLVF)?

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Malvern Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MLVF), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Malvern Bancorp

Chairman of the Board Howard Kent made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$567k worth of shares at a price of US$21.00 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 52.19k shares worth US$1.1m. In total, Malvern Bancorp insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about US$21.00 on average. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around US$20.76). You can see the insider transactions (by 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!

NasdaqGM:MLVF Recent Insider Trading, March 4th 2019

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Insider Ownership of Malvern Bancorp

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 4.1% of Malvern Bancorp shares, worth about US$6.5m, according to our data. Overall, this level of ownership isn’t that impressive, but it’s certainly better than nothing!

So What Do The Malvern Bancorp 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. The transactions are fine but it’d be more encouraging if Malvern Bancorp insiders bought more shares in the company. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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