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Have Insiders Been Buying American Finance Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFIN) Shares This Year?

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We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in American Finance Trust, Inc. (NASDAQ:AFIN).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, 'insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.'

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At American Finance Trust

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Lead Independent Director Lisa Kabnick for US$75k worth of shares, at about US$15.07 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$9.52). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. To us, it's very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 13570 shares for a total of US$200k. In the last twelve months American Finance Trust insiders were buying shares, but not selling. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:AFIN Recent Insider Trading, May 8th 2019

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Insider Ownership of American Finance Trust

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Our data suggests American Finance Trust insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$2.1m. We consider this fairly low insider ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About American Finance Trust Insiders?

The fact that there have been no American Finance Trust insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. However, our analysis of transactions over the last year is heartening. While we have no worries about the insider transactions, we'd be more comfortable if they owned more American Finance Trust stock. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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