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Have Insiders Been Buying Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG) 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. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ECPG).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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Encore Capital Group Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Executive VP Jonathan Clark bought US$481k worth of shares at a price of US$24.04 per share. Although we like to see insider buying, we note that this large purchase was at significantly below the recent price of US$33.98. But because it occurred at a lower valuation, it doesn't tell us much about whether insiders might find today's price attractive.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 32500 shares worth US$784k. In the last twelve months Encore Capital Group insiders were buying shares, but not selling. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:ECPG Recent Insider Trading, July 17th 2019

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Does Encore Capital Group Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Insiders own 1.7% of Encore Capital Group shares, worth about US$18m. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it's enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Encore Capital Group Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Encore Capital Group insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in Encore Capital Group and their transactions don't cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Encore Capital Group.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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