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Are Insiders Selling Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CARO) Stock?

Gabriel Boyd

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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Carolina Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CARO).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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’.

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Carolina Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when CEO, President & Director Jerold Rexroad sold US$2.1m worth of shares at a price of US$42.25 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$35.28. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. Arguably, insider selling at around current prices should give us reason to reflect on whether the stock is fully valued at the moment.

In total, Carolina Financial insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$41.80. We don’t gain much confidence from insider selling near the recent share price. While some insiders have decided to take some money off the table, we wouldn’t put too much weight on this fact. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NASDAQCM:CARO Insider Trading January 30th 19

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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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Carolina Financial insiders own about US$47m worth of shares. That equates to 6.0% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The Carolina Financial Insider Transactions Indicate?

The fact that there have been no Carolina Financial insider transactions recently certainly doesn’t bother us. Still, the insider transactions at Carolina Financial in the last 12 months are not very heartening. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. 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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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.