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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 Evercore Inc. (NYSE:EVR).
What Is Insider Selling?
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. 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'.
Evercore Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
The Executive VP, Robert Walsh, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.8m worth of shares at a price of US$89.38 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$78.49. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.
Over the last year, we note insiders sold 22047 shares worth US$2.0m. Evercore insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!
I will like Evercore better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.
Does Evercore Boast High Insider Ownership?
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. 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 appears that Evercore insiders own 1.2% of the company, worth about US$44m. 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 Evercore Insiders?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Evercore shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Evercore insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Evercore.
But note: Evercore may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.
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