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Did Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF) Insiders Sell Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Seacoast Banking Corporation of Florida (NASDAQ:SBCF).

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 don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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 Seacoast Banking of Florida

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Chairman Dennis Hudson sold US$234k worth of shares at a price of US$29.31 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$29.05. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 37.21k shares worth US$1.1m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Seacoast Banking of Florida than they bought, over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$28.66. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:SBCF Recent Insider Trading, March 5th 2019

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Insiders at Seacoast Banking of Florida Have Sold Stock Recently

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Seacoast Banking of Florida. In total, insiders dumped US$638k 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.

Insider Ownership of Seacoast Banking of Florida

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Seacoast Banking of Florida insiders own about US$29m worth of shares. That equates to 1.9% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Seacoast Banking of Florida Insiders?

Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. But since Seacoast Banking of Florida is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. Insiders own shares, but we’re still pretty cautious, given the history of sales. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Seacoast Banking of Florida, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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