Coastal Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CCB) insiders who purchased shares in the last 12 months were richly rewarded last week. The stock climbed by 14% resulting in a US$72m addition to the company’s market value. As a result, their original purchase of US$1.5m worth of stock is now worth US$1.6m.
While we would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing, logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Coastal Financial
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Vice Chairman Andrew Skotdal for US$1m worth of shares, at about US$40.50 per share. We do like to see buying, but this purchase was made at well below the current price of US$45.48. While it does suggest insiders consider the stock undervalued at lower prices, this transaction doesn't tell us much about what they think of current prices.
In the last twelve months insiders purchased 35.97k shares for US$1.5m. On the other hand they divested 4.67k shares, for US$191k. In total, Coastal Financial insiders bought more than they sold over the last year. The chart below shows insider transactions (by companies and individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insiders At Coastal Financial Have Sold Stock Recently
The last three months saw significant insider selling at Coastal Financial. In total, insiders sold US$191k worth of shares in that time, and we didn't record any purchases whatsoever. In light of this it's hard to argue that all the insiders think that the shares are a bargain.
Does Coastal Financial Boast High Insider Ownership?
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. Coastal Financial insiders own 18% of the company, currently worth about US$106m based on the recent share price. This kind of significant ownership by insiders does generally increase the chance that the company is run in the interest of all shareholders.
So What Does This Data Suggest About Coastal Financial Insiders?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven't been buying. On the other hand, the insider transactions over the last year are encouraging. On top of that, insiders own a significant portion of the company. So we're not too bothered by recent selling. While we like knowing what's going on with the insider's ownership and transactions, we make sure to also consider what risks are facing a stock before making any investment decision. You'd be interested to know, that we found 3 warning signs for Coastal Financial and we suggest you have a look.
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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.
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