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Have Insiders Been Buying Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GNL) Shares?

Jodi Pearce

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Global Net Lease, Inc. (NYSE:GNL).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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’.

See our latest analysis for Global Net Lease

Global Net Lease Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Director Edward Weil made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$100k worth of shares at a price of US$16.72 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. 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. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even if the share price has increased a bit since then.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 12.00k shares for a total of US$200k. Overall, Global Net Lease insiders were net buyers last year. They paid about US$16.69 on average. Although they bought at below the recent price of US$18.95 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. 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!

NYSE:GNL Insider Trading February 13th 19
NYSE:GNL Insider Trading February 13th 19

I will like Global Net Lease better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Global Net Lease

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. From looking at our data, insiders own US$3.3m worth of Global Net Lease stock, about 0.2% of the company. I generally like to see higher levels of ownership.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Global Net Lease Insiders?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Global Net Lease shares in the last quarter. 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 Global Net Lease stock. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Global Net Lease.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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.