Need To Know: Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) Insiders Have Been Selling Shares

It is not uncommon to see companies perform well in the years after insiders buy shares. 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 we’ll take a look at whether insiders have been buying or selling shares in Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS).

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, most countries require that the company discloses such transactions to the market.

We would never suggest that investors should base their decisions solely on what the directors of a company have been doing. But equally, we would consider it foolish to ignore insider transactions altogether. As Peter Lynch said, ‘insiders might sell their shares for any number of reasons, but they buy them for only one: they think the price will rise.

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Equity LifeStyle Properties Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single sale by an insider was when the Executive Vice President of Investments, Roger Maynard, sold US$1.3m worth of shares at a price of US$62.59 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to take some cash off the table, even below the current price of US$73.81. As a general rule we consider it to be discouraging when insiders are selling below the current price, because it suggests they were happy with a lower valuation. While insider selling is not a positive sign, we can’t be sure if it does mean insiders think the shares are fully valued, so it’s only a weak sign. This single sale was just 7.1% of Roger Maynard’s stake.

In the last twelve months insiders netted US$2.8m for 47162 shares sold. Equity LifeStyle Properties insiders didn’t buy any shares over the last year. 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!

NYSE:ELS Recent Insider Trading, December 2nd 2019
NYSE:ELS Recent Insider Trading, December 2nd 2019

I will like Equity LifeStyle Properties better if I see some big insider buys. While we wait, check out this free list of growing companies with considerable, recent, insider buying.

Insider Ownership of Equity LifeStyle Properties

Many investors like to check how much of a company is owned by insiders. I reckon it’s a good sign if insiders own a significant number of shares in the company. Equity LifeStyle Properties insiders own 2.2% of the company, currently worth about US$315m based on the recent share price. 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 Do The Equity LifeStyle Properties Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. It’s great to see high levels of insider ownership, but looking back at the last year, we don’t gain confidence from the Equity LifeStyle Properties insiders selling. Of course, the future is what matters most. So if you are interested in Equity LifeStyle Properties, you should check out this free report on analyst forecasts for the company.

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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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