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How Many Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX) Shares Have Insiders Sold, In The Last Year?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Allegiance Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ABTX).

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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. 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.'

Check out our latest analysis for Allegiance Bancshares

Allegiance Bancshares Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the , Umesh Jain, sold US$1.2m worth of shares at a price of US$38.12 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$33.41. 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$531k for 14900 shares. But insiders sold 91633 shares worth US$3.5m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Allegiance Bancshares shares, than buying. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGM:ABTX Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019
NasdaqGM:ABTX Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019

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Allegiance Bancshares Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last three months saw significant insider selling at Allegiance Bancshares. Specifically, Umesh Jain ditched US$123k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.

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. It appears that Allegiance Bancshares insiders own 8.1% of the company, worth about US$57m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Allegiance Bancshares Tell Us?

An insider sold Allegiance Bancshares shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn't bring confidence, either. But it is good to see that Allegiance Bancshares is growing earnings. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. We're in no rush to buy! Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Allegiance Bancshares, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.