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How Much Are Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:STXB) Insiders Spending On Buying Shares?

Mary Ramos

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 Spirit of Texas Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:STXB).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Spirit of Texas Bancshares

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Robert Beall for US$231k worth of shares, at about US$21.00 per share. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. 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.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 29.37k shares for a total of US$599k. Overall, Spirit of Texas Bancshares insiders were net buyers last year. They paid about US$20.40 on average. Although they bought at below the recent price of US$21.44 per share, it is good to see that insiders are willing to invest in the company. 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!

NasdaqGS:STXB Insider Trading January 23rd 19

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Does Spirit of Texas Bancshares Boast High Insider Ownership?

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. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 14% of Spirit of Texas Bancshares shares, worth about US$37m. 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 Spirit of Texas Bancshares Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded Spirit of Texas Bancshares shares in the last quarter. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in Spirit of Texas Bancshares and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Spirit of Texas Bancshares.

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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.