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Insiders who bought in the last 12 months lose an additional US$10.0 as JBG SMITH Properties (NYSE:JBGS) drops to US$3.3b

Insiders who acquired US$122k worth of JBG SMITH Properties' (NYSE:JBGS) stock at an average price of US$24.32 in the past 12 months may be dismayed by the recent 5.4% price decline. Insiders purchase with the hope of seeing their investments increase in value over time. However, due to recent losses, their initial investment is now only worth US$122k, which is not great.

While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether.

Check out our latest analysis for JBG SMITH Properties

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At JBG SMITH Properties

Notably, that recent purchase by Alan Forman is the biggest insider purchase of JBG SMITH Properties shares that we've seen in the last year. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$24.32). 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. It is encouraging to see an insider paid above the current price for shares, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels. Alan Forman was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

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Insider Ownership of JBG SMITH Properties

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. Insiders own 1.4% of JBG SMITH Properties shares, worth about US$46m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About JBG SMITH Properties Insiders?

The recent insider purchase is heartening. And the longer term insider transactions also give us confidence. But we don't feel the same about the fact the company is making losses. Insiders likely see value in JBG SMITH Properties shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). 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. At Simply Wall St, we found 2 warning signs for JBG SMITH Properties that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

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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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