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The Independent Director of Life Storage, Inc. (NYSE:LSI), Edward Pettinella, Just Bought 488% More Shares

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Life Storage, Inc. (NYSE:LSI) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Independent Director, Edward Pettinella, recently bought a whopping US$742k worth of stock, at a price of US$100. That increased their holding by a full 488%, which arguably implies the sort of confidence required for a shy sweet-natured nerd to ask the most popular kid in the school to go out on a date.

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Life Storage Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Edward Pettinella was the biggest purchase of Life Storage shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$102. While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. In this case we're pleased to report that the insider bought shares at close to current prices. Edward Pettinella was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

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!

NYSE:LSI Recent Insider Trading, March 15th 2020

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 1.2% of Life Storage shares, worth about US$55m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Life Storage Insiders?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Life Storage insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. In addition to knowing about insider transactions going on, it's beneficial to identify the risks facing Life Storage. When we did our research, we found 2 warning signs for Life Storage (1 can't be ignored!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.

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