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Need To Know: Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 before you buy or sell Liberty Property Trust (NYSE:LPT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Liberty Property Trust

The Senior VP & Chief Accounting Officer, Mary Morrissey, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$214k worth of shares at a price of US$45.52 each. So it's clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$48.00. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling on market, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. This single sale was just 6.6% of Mary Morrissey's stake.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$318k for 6901 shares sold. Liberty Property Trust insiders didn't buy any shares over the last year. 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!

NYSE:LPT Recent Insider Trading, May 17th 2019

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Does Liberty Property Trust Boast High Insider Ownership?

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Liberty Property Trust insiders own about US$51m worth of shares. That equates to 0.7% 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 Liberty Property Trust Insider Transactions Indicate?

It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded Liberty Property Trust shares in the last quarter. Our analysis of Liberty Property Trust insider transactions leaves us cautious. But it's good to see that insiders own shares in the company. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Liberty Property Trust, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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