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Have Insiders Been Buying Select Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLCT) Shares?

Sean Barnes

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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 Select Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLCT).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Select Bancorp

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Director Oscar Harris bought US$130k worth of shares at a price of US$12.00 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher 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 above the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 45.83k shares for US$551k. On the other hand they divested 7.50k shares, for US$98k. In total, Select Bancorp insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The average buy price was around US$12.03. This is nice to see since it implies that insiders might see value around current prices (around US$11.99). 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!

NASDAQGM:SLCT Insider Trading February 7th 19

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Does Select Bancorp 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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Select Bancorp insiders own about US$31m worth of shares. That equates to 13% of the company. 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 Do The Select Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Select Bancorp shares in the last quarter. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in Select Bancorp and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Select 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.