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Did Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Lakeland Bancorp

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Robert Nicholson for US$188k worth of shares, at about US$14.45 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$16.54. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. 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. Happily, the Lakeland Bancorp insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.

In the last twelve months Lakeland Bancorp insiders were buying shares, but not selling. 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:LBAI Recent Insider Trading, December 5th 2019

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Lakeland Bancorp Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider buying at Lakeland Bancorp. insider James Hanson shelled out US$20k for shares in that time. It's great to see that insiders are only buying, not selling. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Does Lakeland 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. Lakeland Bancorp insiders own about US$34m worth of shares. That equates to 4.1% 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.

So What Do The Lakeland Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Lakeland Bancorp and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Lakeland Bancorp, 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. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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