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Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC) Insiders Have Been Selling

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We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, Inc. (NYSE:NGVC).

What Is Insider Selling?

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.

We don't think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the , Lark Isely, for US$190k worth of shares, at about US$19.00 per share. While we don't usually like to see insider selling, it's more concerning if the sales take price at a lower price. It's of some comfort that this sale was conducted at a price well above the current share price, which is US$9.61. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$243k for 12484 shares sold. In the last year Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage insiders didn't buy any company stock. 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:NGVC Recent Insider Trading, June 23rd 2019

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Insider Ownership

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage insiders own 47% of the company, currently worth about US$101m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage Tell Us?

There haven't been any insider transactions in the last three months -- that doesn't mean much. It's heartening that insiders own plenty of stock, but we'd like to see more insider buying, since the last year of Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage insider transactions don't fill us with confidence. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, 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.

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