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Insider Buying: The The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) Founder Just Bought US$4.5m Worth Of Shares

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The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) shareholders (or potential shareholders) will be happy to see that the Founder, George Zoley, recently bought a whopping US$4.5m worth of stock, at a price of US$16.96. Not only is that a big swing, but it increased their holding size by 14%, which is definitely great to see.

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GEO Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Notably, that recent purchase by George Zoley is the biggest insider purchase of GEO Group shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$14.64 (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. As a general rule, we feel more positive about a stock when an insider has bought shares at above current prices, because that suggests they viewed the stock as good value, even at a higher price. George Zoley was the only individual insider to buy over the year.

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!

NYSE:GEO Recent Insider Trading, February 29th 2020

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that GEO Group insiders own 2.0% of the company, worth about US$35m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The GEO Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest GEO Group insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. Along with insider transactions, I recommend checking if GEO Group is growing revenue. This free chart of historic revenue and earnings should make that easy.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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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