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Have Insiders Been Selling Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSBI) 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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So we'll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSBI).

What Is Insider Buying?

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 don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.'

View our latest analysis for Midland States Bancorp

Midland States Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The insider, R. Funderburg, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$437k worth of shares at a price of US$25.60 each. That means that an insider was selling shares at below the current price (US$25.77). When an insider sells below the current price, it suggests that they considered that lower price to be fair. That makes us wonder what they think of the (higher) recent 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 2% of R. Funderburg's holding.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 5428 shares for US$124k. But insiders sold 149k shares worth US$3.8m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Midland States Bancorp shares, than buying. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGS:MSBI Recent Insider Trading, September 3rd 2019

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Midland States Bancorp Insiders Are Selling The Stock

Over the last three months, we've seen a bit of insider selling at Midland States Bancorp. Senior VP Douglas Tucker only netted US$27k 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.

Insider Ownership of Midland States Bancorp

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. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Insiders own 8.4% of Midland States Bancorp shares, worth about US$53m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Midland States Bancorp Insiders?

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 sales exacerbate our caution arising from analysis of Midland States Bancorp insider transactions. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. 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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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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