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Have Insiders Been Buying Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK) Shares?

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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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Elmira Savings Bank (NASDAQ:ESBK).

What Is Insider Selling?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Elmira Savings Bank

President Thomas Carr made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$75k worth of shares at a price of US$15.49 each. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$15.91. 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. 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. The good news for Elmira Savings Bank share holders is that insiders were buying at near the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$359k for 23.25k shares. But they sold 3000 for US$56k. Overall, Elmira Savings Bank insiders were net buyers last 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!

NasdaqCM:ESBK Recent Insider Trading, December 21st 2019

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Insiders at Elmira Savings Bank Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Elmira Savings Bank insider buying shares in the last three months. insider Thomas Gough bought US$30k worth of shares in that time. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Does Elmira Savings Bank Boast High Insider Ownership?

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 21% of Elmira Savings Bank shares, worth about US$11m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Elmira Savings Bank Tell Us?

We note a that there has been a bit of insider buying recently (but no selling). That said, the purchases were not large. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders own shares in Elmira Savings Bank and we see no evidence to suggest they are worried about the future. To put this in context, take a look at how a company has performed in the past. You can access this detailed graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow.

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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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