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How Much Are Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ:RNST) Insiders Taking Off The Table?

Thomas Auclair

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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. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Renasant Corporation (NASDAQ:RNST).

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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.’

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Renasant Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Bartow Morgan bought US$824k worth of shares at a price of US$32.99 per share. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price. That means they have been optimistic about the company in the past, though they may have changed their mind. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price.

Over the last year, we can see that insiders have bought 27.01k shares worth US$905k. On the other hand they divested 71.87k shares, for US$3.3m. All up, insiders sold more shares in Renasant than they bought, over the last year. The sellers received a price of around US$46.30, on average. We are not joyful about insider selling. But we note that the selling, on average, was at well above the recently traded price of US$36.05. 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:RNST Insider Trading February 6th 19

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Renasant Insiders Bought Stock Recently

Over the last three months, we’ve seen significant insider buying at Renasant. Overall, 3 insiders shelled out US$860k for shares in the company — and none sold. This is a positive in our book as it implies some confidence.

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. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 4.4% of Renasant shares, worth about US$93m. 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 Renasant Insiders?

It is good to see recent purchasing. On the other hand the transaction history, over the last year, isn’t so positive. The more recent transactions are a positive, but Renasant insiders haven’t shown the sustained enthusiasm that we look for, although they do own a decent number of shares, overall. In short they are likely aligned with shareholders. 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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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.