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Should You Be Worried About Insider Transactions At MSB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MSBF)?

Lee Kay

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in MSB Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MSBF).

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.

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 Colombia 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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MSB Financial Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by Director Gary Jolliffe for US$65k worth of shares, at about US$18.40 per share. So we know that an insider sold shares at around the present share price of US$18.19. They could have a variety of motivations for selling, but it’s still not particularly encouraging to see. 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. The only individual insider seller over the last year was Gary Jolliffe. Notably Gary Jolliffe was also the biggest buyer, having purchased US$6.5k worth of shares.

You can see the insider transactions over the last year depicted in the chart below. By clicking on the graph below, you can see the precise details of each insider transaction!

NasdaqGM:MSBF Insider Trading December 20th 18

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Insider Ownership

Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It’s great to see that MSB Financial insiders own 8.5% of the company, worth about US$7.8m. I like to see this level of insider ownership, because it increases the chances that management are thinking about the best interests of shareholders.

So What Does This Data Suggest About MSB Financial Insiders?

An insider hasn’t bought MSB Financial stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. Zooming out, the longer term picture doesn’t give us much comfort. But since MSB Financial is profitable and growing, we’re not too worried by this. When you consider that most companies have higher levels of insider ownership, we’re a little wary. So we’re not rushing to buy, to say the least. I like to dive deeper into how a company has performed in the past. You can access this interactive graph of past earnings, revenue and cash flow for free .

But note: MSB Financial 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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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.