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Read This Before Buying Elevate Credit, Inc. (NYSE:ELVT) Shares

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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. 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 before you buy or sell Elevate Credit, Inc. (NYSE:ELVT), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

It's quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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 Elevate Credit

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Director, Tyler W. Head, sold US$2.2m worth of shares at a price of US$3.86 per share. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$4.98, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it's only a weak signal. We note that the biggest single sale was only 17.4% of Tyler W. Head's holding. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Tyler W. Head.

In the last twelve months insiders purchased 53000 shares for US$237k. But they sold 915k for US$3.7m. Tyler W. Head ditched 915k shares over the year. The average price per share was US$4.06. 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!

NYSE:ELVT Recent Insider Trading, August 8th 2019

If you like to buy stocks that insiders are buying, rather than selling, then you might just love this free list of companies. (Hint: insiders have been buying them).

Does Elevate Credit Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 19% of Elevate Credit shares, worth about US$42m. We've certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Elevate Credit Insiders?

The fact that there have been no Elevate Credit insider transactions recently certainly doesn't bother us. We don't take much encouragement from the transactions by Elevate Credit insiders. But we do like the fact that insiders own a fair chunk of the company. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for Elevate Credit.

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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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