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 shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in One Liberty Properties, Inc. (NYSE:OLP).
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.
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 Harvard University study found that 'insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.'
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At One Liberty Properties
In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive VP & COO, Lawrence Ricketts, sold US$149k worth of shares at a price of US$29.73 per share. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$28.44. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it's not too bad (but it's still not a positive).
We note that in the last year insiders divested 18135 shares for a total of US$528k. In the last year One Liberty Properties insiders didn't buy any company stock. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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One Liberty Properties Insiders Are Selling The Stock
The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of One Liberty Properties shares. Specifically, Lawrence Ricketts ditched US$123k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. This may suggest that some insiders think that the shares are not cheap.
Does One Liberty Properties 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. It appears that One Liberty Properties insiders own 13% of the company, worth about US$75m. 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 Do The One Liberty Properties Insider Transactions Indicate?
An insider sold One Liberty Properties shares recently, but they didn't buy any. And there weren't any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own shares, they don't own a heap, and they have been selling. So we'd only buy after careful consideration. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in One Liberty Properties, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.
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