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Have Insiders Been Selling BRT Apartments Corp. (NYSE:BRT) Shares This Year?

Heidi Stubbs

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We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 BRT Apartments Corp. (NYSE:BRT).

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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BRT Apartments Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

VP & CFO George Zweier made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$98k worth of shares at a price of US$13.15 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$12.90. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment. George Zweier was the only individual insider to sell over the last year.

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:BRT Insider Trading February 7th 19

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Does BRT Apartments Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. BRT Apartments insiders own about US$38m worth of shares. That equates to 19% of the company. 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 BRT Apartments Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded BRT Apartments shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of BRT Apartments insider transactions leaves us cautious. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for BRT Apartments.

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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.