Need To Know: County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK) Insiders Have Been Buying Shares

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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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in County Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICBK).

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 on the market. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.

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 Columbia University study found that ‘insiders are more likely to engage in open market purchases of their own company’s stock when the firm is about to reveal new agreements with customers and suppliers’.

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County Bancorp Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Patrick Roe made the biggest insider purchase in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$76k worth of shares at a price of US$17.60 each. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, even at a higher price than the current share price (being US$17.55). While their view may have changed since the purchase was made, this does at least suggest they have had confidence in the company’s future. To us, it’s very important to consider the price insiders pay for shares is very important. Generally speaking, it catches our eye when insiders have purchased shares at above current prices, as it suggests they believed the shares were worth buying, even at a higher price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid US$251k for 13400 shares purchased. County Bancorp may have bought shares in the last year, but they didn’t sell any. The chart below shows insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

NasdaqGM:ICBK Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019
NasdaqGM:ICBK Recent Insider Trading, July 10th 2019

Insiders at County Bancorp Have Bought Stock Recently

It’s good to see that County Bancorp insiders have made notable investments in the company’s shares. In total, insiders bought US$129k worth of shares in that time, and we didn’t record any sales whatsoever. This makes one think the business has some good points.

Insider Ownership of County Bancorp

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. County Bancorp insiders own about US$28m worth of shares. That equates to 23% of the company. While this is a strong but not outstanding level of insider ownership, it’s enough to indicate some alignment between management and smaller shareholders.

So What Do The County Bancorp Insider Transactions Indicate?

It is good to see recent purchasing. And an analysis of the transactions over the last year also gives us confidence. Insiders likely see value in County Bancorp shares, given these transactions (along with notable insider ownership of the company). Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for County Bancorp.

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For the purposes of this article, insiders are those individuals who report their transactions to the relevant regulatory body.

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