Insiders were net buyers of South Plains Financial, Inc.'s (NASDAQ:SPFI ) stock during the past year. That is, insiders bought more stock than they sold.
While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.
South Plains Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Notably, that recent purchase by Noe Valles is the biggest insider purchase of South Plains Financial shares that we've seen in the last year. That means that an insider was happy to buy shares at around the current price of US$27.03. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. If someone buys shares at well below current prices, it's a good sign on balance, but keep in mind they may no longer see value. Happily, the South Plains Financial insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Noe Valles was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.
The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and 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!
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For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. South Plains Financial insiders own about US$83m worth of shares. That equates to 18% of the company. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.
What Might The Insider Transactions At South Plains Financial Tell Us?
Insider buying and selling have balanced each other out in the last three months, so we can't deduct anything useful from these recent trades. We're a little cautious about the insider selling at South Plains Financial. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. So while it's helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it's also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. When we did our research, we found 2 warning signs for South Plains Financial (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that we believe deserve your full attention.
Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.
For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body. We currently account for open market transactions and private dispositions, but not derivative transactions.
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