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Have Insiders Been Buying Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORRF) Shares?

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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 we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Orrstown Financial Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORRF).

What Is Insider Selling?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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Orrstown Financial Services Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The President, Thomas Quinn, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$118k worth of shares at a price of US$22.61 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$21.54. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 8262 shares for US$168k. On the other hand they divested 6761 shares, for US$148k. In total, Orrstown Financial Services insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqCM:ORRF Recent Insider Trading, October 3rd 2019

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Insiders at Orrstown Financial Services Have Sold Stock Recently

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of Orrstown Financial Services shares. In total, President Thomas Quinn sold US$118k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

Insider Ownership of Orrstown Financial Services

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. It appears that Orrstown Financial Services insiders own 4.2% of the company, worth about US$10m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

So What Do The Orrstown Financial Services Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold Orrstown Financial Services shares recently, but they didn't buy any. But we take heart from prior transactions. We like that insiders own a fair amount of the company. So we're happy enough to look past some selling. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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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