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Insider Buying: The Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) Independent Director Just Bought 5.5% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) Independent Director, Robert Jordan, recently bought US$50k worth of stock, for US$21.50 per share. However, it only increased their shares held by 5.5%, and it wasn't a huge purchase by absolute value, either.

Check out our latest analysis for Investar Holding

Investar Holding Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In fact, the recent purchase by Robert Jordan was the biggest purchase of Investar Holding shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. That implies that an insider found the current price of US$21.95 per share to be enticing. 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 purchases were made at close to current prices.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 2.76k shares worth US$56k. But insiders sold 550.00 shares worth US$13k. In total, Investar Holding insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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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Does Investar Holding Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that Investar Holding insiders own 7.7% of the company, worth about US$18m. 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 Investar Holding Insiders?

Our data shows a little insider buying, but no selling, in the last three months. Overall the buying isn't worth writing home about. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders own shares in Investar Holding and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. While conducting our analysis, we found that Investar Holding has 1 warning sign and it would be unwise to ignore this.

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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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