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Did RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP) Insiders Sell Shares?

Cole Patterson

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in RealPage, Inc. (NASDAQ:RP).

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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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RealPage Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Executive VP & Chief Product Officer William Chaney made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.5m worth of shares at a price of US$50.04 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$54.11). While sellers have a variety of reasons for selling, this isn’t particularly great to see. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 33.4% of William Chaney’s stake.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 228.50k shares for a total of US$13m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of RealPage shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about US$57.33. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. 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!

NasdaqGS:RP Insider Trading January 23rd 19

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RealPage Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider selling at RealPage. In total, insiders sold US$3.2m worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it’s hard to argue that all the directors think that the shares are a bargain.

Does RealPage Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. 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’s great to see that RealPage insiders own 2.3% of the company, worth about US$115m. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At RealPage Tell Us?

Insiders haven’t bought RealPage stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. The company boasts high insider ownership, but we’re a little hesitant, given the history of share sales. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for RealPage.

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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.