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Did Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HPP) Insiders Sell Shares?

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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. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Hudson Pacific Properties, Inc. (NYSE:HPP).

What Is Insider Buying?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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.'

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Hudson Pacific Properties Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The COO, CFO & Treasurer, Mark Lammas, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$34.52 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$34.40. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. We note that this sale took place at around the current price, so it isn't a major concern, though it's hardly a good sign.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$717k for 23221 shares. But insiders sold 148k shares worth US$5.1m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Hudson Pacific Properties than they bought, over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:HPP Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019

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Insiders at Hudson Pacific Properties Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Hudson Pacific Properties. In total, insiders dumped US$4.4m worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.

Does Hudson Pacific Properties Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Hudson Pacific Properties insiders own about US$84m worth of shares. That equates to 1.6% of the company. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Hudson Pacific Properties Tell Us?

Insiders sold Hudson Pacific Properties shares recently, but they didn't buy any. Despite some insider buying, the longer term picture doesn't make us feel much more positive. Insider ownership isn't particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Hudson Pacific Properties, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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