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Have Insiders Been Selling The First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNLC) Shares?

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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 The First Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:FNLC).

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, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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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First Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the CRA Officer & Compliance Officer, Susan Norton, sold US$91k worth of shares at a price of US$30.29 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$26.34. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. Given that the sale took place at around current prices, it makes us a little cautious but is hardly a major concern.

All up, insiders sold more shares in First Bancorp than they bought, over the last year. 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!

NasdaqGS:FNLC Recent Insider Trading, July 3rd 2019

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First Bancorp Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider selling at First Bancorp. Director Katherine Boyd sold just US$44k worth of shares in that time. Neither the lack of buying nor the presence of selling is heartening. But the volume sold is so low that it really doesn't bother us.

Insider Ownership of First Bancorp

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It appears that First Bancorp insiders own 6.9% of the company, worth about US$20m. 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 First Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

While there has not been any insider buying in the last three months, there has been selling. But the sales were small, so we're not concerned. Recent insider selling makes us a little nervous, in light of the broader picture of First Bancorp insider transactions. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. 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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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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