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Trade Alert: The Director Of Home Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBCP), Ann Trappey, Has Just Spent US$58k Buying 97% More Shares

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Whilst it may not be a huge deal, we thought it was good to see that the Home Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBCP) Director, Ann Trappey, recently bought US$58k worth of stock, for US$31.38 per share. While that isn't the hugest buy, it actually boosted their shareholding by 97%, which is good to see.

See our latest analysis for Home Bancorp

The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Home Bancorp

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when insider Michael Maraist bought US$168k worth of shares at a price of US$33.55 per share. So it's clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$31.82). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company's future. We always take careful note of the price insiders pay when purchasing shares. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

While Home Bancorp insiders bought shares during the last year, they didn't sell. The average buy price was around US$28.76. These transactions show that insiders have confidence to invest their own money in the stock, albeit at slightly below the recent price. You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last 12 months, 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 Home Bancorp

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it's a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Insiders own 9.7% of Home Bancorp shares, worth about US$27m. 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 Does This Data Suggest About Home Bancorp Insiders?

It's certainly positive to see the recent insider purchase. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. When combined with notable insider ownership, these factors suggest Home Bancorp 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. While conducting our analysis, we found that Home Bancorp has 1 warning sign and it would be unwise to ignore this.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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.

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