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Did Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

Michael Canly

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 before you buy or sell Capitol Federal Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ:CFFN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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. 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 Capitol Federal Financial

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Executive VP Natalie Haag for US$60k worth of shares, at about US$12.29 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even if the share price has increased a bit since then.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 17.24k shares for a total of US$217k. In total, Capitol Federal Financial insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. They paid about US$12.60 on average. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (US$13.34). You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:CFFN Insider Trading January 16th 19

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Capitol Federal Financial Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last quarter, Capitol Federal Financial insiders have spent a meaningful amount on shares. Specifically, Natalie Haag bought US$65k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

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. It appears that Capitol Federal Financial insiders own 1.7% of the company, worth about US$33m. 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 Capitol Federal Financial Insider Transactions Indicate?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Capitol Federal Financial we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.

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