We've lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we'd be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in American National Bankshares Inc. (NASDAQ:AMNB).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.
American National Bankshares Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Director Franklin Maddux made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$150k worth of shares at a price of US$35.00 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$35.02. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. While we always like to see insider buying, it's less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. Happily, the American National Bankshares insiders decided to buy shares at close to current prices.
Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$642k for 18258 shares. On the other hand they divested 930 shares, for US$30k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by American National Bankshares insiders. You can see the insider transactions (by 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!
There are always plenty of stocks that insiders are buying. So if that suits your style you could check each stock one by one or you could take a look at this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).
Insiders at American National Bankshares Have Bought Stock Recently
It's good to see that American National Bankshares insiders have made notable investments in the company's shares. Overall, four insiders shelled out US$404k for shares in the company -- and none sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.
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 American National Bankshares insiders own 5.3% of the company, worth about US$21m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At American National Bankshares Tell Us?
It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of American National Bankshares we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright future. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for American National Bankshares.
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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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