Those following along with Cullen/Frost Bankers, Inc. (NYSE:CFR) will no doubt be intrigued by the recent purchase of shares by insider Graham Weston, who spent a stonking US$2.0m on stock at an average price of US$68.00. Not only is that a big swing, but it increased their holding size by 22%, which is definitely great to see.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Cullen/Frost Bankers
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Independent Director Carlos Alvarez for US$2.6m worth of shares, at about US$85.08 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$64.98 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock if insiders have bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price.
While Cullen/Frost Bankers insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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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. Cullen/Frost Bankers insiders own 4.0% of the company, currently worth about US$164m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At Cullen/Frost Bankers Tell Us?
The recent insider purchases are heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Cullen/Frost Bankers insiders are well aligned, and quite possibly think the share price is too low. One for the watchlist, at least! So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. At Simply Wall St, we found 1 warning sign for Cullen/Frost Bankers that deserve your attention before buying any shares.
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