Have United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) Insiders Been Selling Their Stock?

We note that the United Community Banks, Inc. (NASDAQ:UCBI) Chief Accounting Officer, Alan Kumler, recently sold US$81k worth of stock for US$27.06 per share. On the bright side, that’s just a small sale and only reduced their holding by 8.2%.

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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At United Community Banks

Director Tim Wallis made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$298k worth of shares at a price of US$29.80 each. That means that even when the share price was higher than US$27.60 (the recent price), an insider wanted to purchase shares. It’s very possible they regret the purchase, but it’s more likely they are bullish about the company. In our view, the price an insider pays for shares is very important. It is generally more encouraging if they paid above the current price, as it suggests they saw value, even at higher levels.

Happily, we note that in the last year insiders paid US$329k for 11250 shares. But insiders sold 22400.83 shares worth US$612k. In total, United Community Banks insiders sold more than they bought over the last year. You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) 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!

NasdaqGS:UCBI Recent Insider Trading, September 11th 2019
NasdaqGS:UCBI Recent Insider Trading, September 11th 2019

Does United Community Banks Boast High Insider Ownership?

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 appears that United Community Banks insiders own 2.0% of the company, worth about US$43m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.

What Might The Insider Transactions At United Community Banks Tell Us?

An insider hasn’t bought United Community Banks stock in the last three months, but there was some selling. And our longer term analysis of insider transactions didn’t bring confidence, either. But it is good to see that United Community Banks is growing earnings. Insider ownership isn’t particularly high, so this analysis makes us cautious about the company. So we’d only buy after careful consideration. 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.

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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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