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Read This Before Selling Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCBC) Shares

Luis Baughman

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 Greene County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:GCBC).

What Is Insider Buying?

Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock on the market. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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 Greene County Bancorp

Director Peter Hogan made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$59k worth of shares at a price of US$29.40 each. That implies that an insider found the current (approximate) price enticing. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. Nonetheless, we consider it positive if insiders want to buy at around the current share price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$198k for 6.51k shares purchased. Overall, Greene County Bancorp insiders were net buyers last year. Their average price was about US$30.36. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (US$30.83). You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NASDAQCM:GCBC Insider Trading January 30th 19

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Insiders at Greene County Bancorp Have Bought Stock Recently

We saw some Greene County Bancorp insider buying shares in the last three months. Insiders purchased US$50k worth of shares in that period. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Insider Ownership

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Greene County Bancorp insiders own about US$20m worth of shares. That equates to 7.6% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Greene County Bancorp Insiders?

We note a that there has been a tad more insider buying than selling, recently. But overall the difference isn’t worth writing home about. On a brighter note, the transactions over the last year are encouraging. Insiders do have a stake in Greene County Bancorp and their transactions don’t cause us concern. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

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