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Who Has Been Selling Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE:SRC) Shares?

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It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Spirit Realty Capital, Inc. (NYSE:SRC), 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.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.’

Check out our latest analysis for Spirit Realty Capital

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Spirit Realty Capital

President Jackson Hsieh made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$1.7m worth of shares at a price of US$40.50 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$37.58. While their view may have changed since the sale, this is not a particularly positive fact. We usually pause to reflect on the potential that a stock has a high valuation, if insiders have been selling at around the current price. Jackson Hsieh was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$185k for 4.84k shares. But insiders sold 42.96k shares worth US$1.7m. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NYSE:SRC Recent Insider Trading, March 8th 2019

I will like Spirit Realty Capital better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Spirit Realty Capital

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. Insiders own 0.6% of Spirit Realty Capital shares, worth about US$18m. 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 Spirit Realty Capital Tell Us?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. Our analysis of Spirit Realty Capital insider transactions leaves us cautious. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Spirit Realty Capital, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

But note: Spirit Realty Capital may not be the best stock to buy. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies with high ROE and low debt.

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