Some Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) shareholders may be a little concerned to see that the President, John Kemper, recently sold a whopping US$771k worth of stock at a price of US$63.85 per share. However, that sale only accounted for 7.8% of their holding, so arguably it doesn’t say much about their conviction.
Commerce Bancshares Insider Transactions Over The Last Year
Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider sale was by the Director, Jonathan Kemper, for US$5.0m worth of shares, at about US$64.63 per share. That means that an insider was selling shares at around the current price of US$63.88. While we don’t usually like to see insider selling, it’s more concerning if the sales take place at a lower price. In this case, the big sale took place at around the current price, so it’s not too bad (but it’s still not a positive).
Commerce Bancshares insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!
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Insider Ownership of Commerce Bancshares
Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. It’s great to see that Commerce Bancshares insiders own 3.1% of the company, worth about US$223m. 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 Commerce Bancshares Insiders?
Insiders sold stock recently, but they haven’t been buying. And there weren’t any purchases to give us comfort, over the last year. While insiders do own a lot of shares in the company (which is good), our analysis of their transactions doesn’t make us feel confident about the company. So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. In terms of investment risks, we’ve identified 1 warning sign with Commerce Bancshares and understanding this should be part of your investment process.
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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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