Are Insiders Selling National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) Stock?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. On the other hand, we’d be remiss not to mention that insider sales have been known to precede tough periods for a business. So before you buy or sell National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Selling?

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But it is perfectly logical to keep tabs on what insiders are doing. For example, a Harvard University study found that ‘insider purchases earn abnormal returns of more than 6% per year.’

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National Retail Properties Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

The Executive VP & Chief Investment Officer, Paul Bayer, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$2.0m worth of shares at a price of US$52.44 each. That means that even when the share price was below the current price of US$54.47, an insider wanted to cash in some shares. We generally consider it a negative if insiders have been selling, especially if they did so below the current price, because it implies that they considered a lower price to be reasonable. However, while insider selling is sometimes discouraging, it’s only a weak signal. It is worth noting that this sale was only 28.5% of Paul Bayer’s holding.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$11m for 209k shares sold. In the last year National Retail Properties insiders didn’t buy any company stock. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NYSE:NNN Recent Insider Trading, August 15th 2019
NYSE:NNN Recent Insider Trading, August 15th 2019

National Retail Properties Insiders Are Selling The Stock

The last quarter saw substantial insider selling of National Retail Properties shares. In total, Chief Accounting Officer & Executive VP Michelle Miller sold US$82k 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.

Insider Ownership of National Retail Properties

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. Insiders own 0.6% of National Retail Properties shares, worth about US$56m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

So What Do The National Retail Properties Insider Transactions Indicate?

An insider sold National Retail Properties shares recently, but they didn’t buy any. Looking to the last twelve months, our data doesn’t show any insider buying. While insiders do own shares, they don’t own a heap, and they have been selling. We’d think twice before buying! Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for National Retail Properties.

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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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