Have Insiders Been Buying MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE:MGP) Shares?

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE:MGP).

What Is Insider Buying?

It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At MGM Growth Properties

Director Robert Smith made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$62k worth of shares at a price of US$31.1 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$30.39). Their view may have changed since then, but at least it shows they felt optimistic at the time. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when an insider has purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price. The only individual insider to buy over the last year was Robert Smith.

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!

NYSE:MGP Recent Insider Trading, September 16th 2019
NYSE:MGP Recent Insider Trading, September 16th 2019

Does MGM Growth Properties Boast High Insider Ownership?

For a common shareholder, it is worth checking how many shares are held by company insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. It appears that MGM Growth Properties insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$13m. We’ve certainly seen higher levels of insider ownership elsewhere, but these holdings are enough to suggest alignment between insiders and the other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At MGM Growth Properties Tell Us?

It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded MGM Growth Properties shares in the last quarter. The last twelve months of insider transactions don’t tell us a whole lot. We’re not overly impressed by the insider ownership and it’d be good if they bought some MGM Growth Properties stock. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

Of course, you might find a fantastic investment by looking elsewhere. So take a peek at this free list of interesting companies.

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