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Did Norwood Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:NWFL) Insiders Buy Up More Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Norwood Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:NWFL).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

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

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Ralph Matergia bought US$150k worth of shares at a price of US$36.18 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at above the current price. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. That purchase may suggest an expectation of positive returns over the long term.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 8.08k shares worth US$283k. In total, Norwood Financial insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around US$35.01. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$32.17. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions over the last 12 months, below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGM:NWFL Insider Trading December 13th 18

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Norwood Financial Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Norwood Financial. Not only was there no selling that we can see, but they collectively bought US$206k worth of shares. This could be interpreted as suggesting a positive outlook.

Insider Ownership of Norwood Financial

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Norwood Financial insiders own 5.8% of the company, currently worth about US$12m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Norwood Financial Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Norwood Financial insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.