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Sara Finley Is The Independent Director of Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:APTS) And They Just Picked Up 18% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Preferred Apartment Communities, Inc. (NYSE:APTS) Independent Director, Sara Finley, recently bought US$53k worth of stock, for US$10.51 per share. That purchase might not be huge but it did increase their holding by 18%.

Check out our latest analysis for Preferred Apartment Communities

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Preferred Apartment Communities

In fact, the recent purchase by Sara Finley was the biggest purchase of Preferred Apartment Communities shares made by an insider individual in the last twelve months, according to our records. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$10.65. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. We do always like to see insider buying, but it is worth noting if those purchases were made at well below today's share price, as the discount to value may have narrowed with the rising price. Happily, the Preferred Apartment Communities insider decided to buy shares at close to current prices. Sara Finley was the only individual insider to buy shares in the last twelve months.

You can see the insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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There are plenty of other companies that have insiders buying up shares. You probably do not want to miss this free list of growing companies that insiders are buying.

Insider Ownership of Preferred Apartment Communities

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It appears that Preferred Apartment Communities insiders own 2.8% of the company, worth about US$15m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Preferred Apartment Communities Tell Us?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. But on the other hand, the company made a loss during the last year, which makes us a little cautious. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Preferred Apartment Communities insiders are well aligned, and that they may think the share price is too low. 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. At Simply Wall St, we found 3 warning signs for Preferred Apartment Communities that deserve your attention before buying any shares.

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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.

This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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