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Read This Before Buying Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (NYSE:REXR) Shares

Ray Foley

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 before you buy or sell Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc. (NYSE:REXR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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 logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. For example, a Colombia 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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Rexford Industrial Realty Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Chairman of the Board Richard Ziman made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$3.2m worth of shares at a price of US$31.32 each. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$30.55. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

Over the last year, we note insiders sold 119.64k shares worth US$3.8m. Over the last year we saw more insider selling of Rexford Industrial Realty shares, than buying. They sold for an average price of about US$31.47. It’s not ideal to see that insiders have sold at around the current price. But we don’t put too much weight on the insider selling, since sellers could have personal reasons. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NYSE:REXR Insider Trading December 19th 18

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Insider Ownership of Rexford Industrial Realty

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Rexford Industrial Realty insiders own 1.0% of the company, currently worth about US$29m based on the recent share price. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Rexford Industrial Realty Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. The insider transactions at Rexford Industrial Realty are not very heartening. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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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.