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Read This Before Selling Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR) Shares

Kristin Rankin

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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. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So shareholders might well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:ISTR).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. 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 it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. 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 Investar Holding

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Robert Jordan bought US$153k worth of shares at a price of US$25.50 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price. Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. We generally consider it a positive if insiders have been buying on market, even above the current price.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders bought 22.83k shares for a total of US$578k. In the last twelve months there was more buying than selling by Investar Holding insiders. Their average price was about US$25.33. I’d consider this a positive as it suggests insiders see value at around the current price, which is US$23.58. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NASDAQGM:ISTR Insider Trading February 7th 19

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Insiders at Investar Holding Have Bought Stock Recently

There was some insider buying at Investar Holding over the last quarter. Director Andrew Nelson shelled out US$48k for shares in that time. We like it when there are only buyers, and no sellers. However, in this case the amount invested recently is quite small.

Insider Ownership of Investar Holding

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Investar Holding insiders own about US$18m worth of shares. That equates to 8.2% of the company. 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 Investar Holding Insider Transactions Indicate?

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. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Overall we don’t see anything to make us think Investar Holding insiders are doubting the company, and they do own shares. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Investar Holding, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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.