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 eXp World Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPI).
Do Insider Transactions Matter?
Most investors know that it is quite permissible for company leaders, such as directors of the board, to buy and sell stock in the company. However, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.
We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. 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'.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At eXp World Holdings
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Founder, Glenn Sanford, for US$633k worth of shares, at about US$15.87 per share. We generally don't like to see insider selling, but the lower the sale price, the more it concerns us. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$10.28. So it may not tell us anything about how insiders feel about the current share price.
In total, eXp World Holdings insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. The average sell price was around US$13.79. We are not joyful about insider selling. However, we do note that the average sale price was significantly higher than the current share price (which is US$10.28). You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Does eXp World Holdings Boast High Insider Ownership?
I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. It's great to see that eXp World Holdings insiders own 64% of the company, worth about US$407m. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.
So What Do The eXp World Holdings Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn't really mean much that no insider has traded eXp World Holdings shares in the last quarter. It's great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don't gain confidence from the eXp World Holdings insiders selling. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for eXp World Holdings.
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