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How Much Are Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Dime Community Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:DCOM).

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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Dime Community Bancshares

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by President Kenneth Mahon for US$183k worth of shares, at about US$19.27 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even slightly below the current price of US$19.48. While sellers have a variety of reasons for selling, this isn’t particularly great to see. When an insider sells below the current price, it does tend to make us wonder about the current valuation. Please note, however, that this single sale was just 1.7% of Kenneth Mahon’s stake.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$227k for 12.88k shares. But they sold 23.48k for US$449k. All up, insiders sold more shares in Dime Community Bancshares than they bought, over the last year. The average sell price was around US$19.10. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares at below recent prices. Of course, the sales could be motivated for a multitude of reasons, so we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGS:DCOM Recent Insider Trading, March 8th 2019

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Have Dime Community Bancshares Insiders Traded Recently?

There was only a small bit of insider buying, worth US$840, in the last three months. So it is hard to draw any conclusion about how insiders are feeling about the stock, from these recent trades.

Insider Ownership of Dime Community Bancshares

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. Insiders own 8.1% of Dime Community Bancshares shares, 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.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Dime Community Bancshares Insiders?

We note a that there has been a tad more insider buying than selling, recently. But the difference isn’t much. Our analysis of Dime Community Bancshares insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Dime Community Bancshares, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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