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Have Insiders Been Buying Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPB) Shares?

Willa Russo

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Mid Penn Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MPB).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Mid Penn Bancorp

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Robert Moisey for US$215k worth of shares, at about US$26.10 per share. That means that even when the share price was higher, an insider wanted to purchase shares. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 29.75k shares worth US$817k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Mid Penn Bancorp insiders. Their average price was about US$27.46. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$23.79. 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!

NASDAQGM:MPB Insider Trading February 6th 19

There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insiders at Mid Penn Bancorp Have Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that Mid Penn Bancorp insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. Overall, 12 insiders shelled out US$103k for shares in the company — and none sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

Does Mid Penn Bancorp Boast High 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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 8.7% of Mid Penn Bancorp shares, worth about US$17m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Mid Penn Bancorp Insiders?

It’s certainly positive to see the recent insider purchases. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Given that insiders also own a fair bit of Mid Penn Bancorp we think they are probably pretty confident of a bright 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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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.