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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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell First Capital, Inc. (NASDAQ:FCAP), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
It is perfectly legal for company insiders, including board members, to buy and sell stock in a company. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At First Capital
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Independent Director, Samuel Uhl, for US$295k worth of shares, at about US$51.17 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at slightly below the current price (US$61.04). As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. Please do note, however, that sellers may have a variety of reasons for selling, so we don't know for sure what they think of the stock price. We note that the biggest single sale was only 22% of Samuel Uhl's holding.
All up, insiders sold more shares in First Capital than they bought, 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!
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First Capital Insiders Are Selling The Stock
The last three months saw some First Capital insider selling. Independent Director Samuel Uhl only netted US$42k selling shares, in that period. 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.
Does First Capital 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. Insiders own 4.6% of First Capital shares, worth about US$9.4m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.
What Might The Insider Transactions At First Capital Tell Us?
While there has not been any insider buying in the last three months, there has been selling. But given the selling was modest, we're not worried. Recent insider selling makes us a little nervous, in light of the broader picture of First Capital insider transactions. We also note that, as far as we can see, insider ownership is fairly low, compared to other companies. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can find historic revenue and earnings in this detailed graph.
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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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