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Insider Buying: The Coastal Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CCB) Vice Chairman Just Bought US$64k Worth Of Shares

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Even if it's not a huge purchase, we think it was good to see that Andrew Skotdal, the Vice Chairman of Coastal Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CCB) recently shelled out US$64k to buy stock, at US$15.96 per share. However, we do note that it only increased their holding by 0.8%, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Coastal Financial

In fact, the recent purchase by Andrew Skotdal was the biggest purchase of Coastal Financial shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$15.75 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. 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. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

While Coastal Financial insiders bought shares last year, they didn't sell. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:CCB Recent Insider Trading, March 8th 2020

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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 Coastal Financial insiders own 17% of the company, worth about US$32m. 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 Coastal Financial Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Coastal Financial we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it's also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For instance, we've identified 2 warning signs for Coastal Financial (1 is potentially serious) you should be aware of.

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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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