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Have Insiders Been Buying First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC) Shares?

Andy Nguyen

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 First Bancorp (NASDAQ:FBNC).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 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 Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At First Bancorp

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when Executive VP & CFO Eric Credle sold US$263k worth of shares at a price of US$41.97 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$37.61. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$611k for 15.75k shares. But insiders sold 12.93k shares worth US$528k. Overall, First Bancorp insiders were net buyers last year. The average buy price was around US$38.78. These transactions suggest that insiders have considered the current price of US$37.61 attractive. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NASDAQGS:FBNC Insider Trading February 11th 19

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First Bancorp Insiders Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that First Bancorp insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. We can see that CEO & Director Richard Moore paid US$100k for shares in the company. No-one sold. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that First Bancorp insiders own 2.4% of the company, worth about US$27m. 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 First Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Insiders likely see value in First Bancorp shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for First Bancorp.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.