We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. The flip side of that is that there are more than a few examples of insiders dumping stock prior to a period of weak performance. So before you buy or sell VEREIT, Inc. (NYSE:VER), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.
What Is Insider Selling?
It’s quite normal to see company insiders, such as board members, trading in company stock, from time to time. However, such insiders must disclose their trading activities, and not trade on inside information.
We don’t think shareholders should simply follow insider transactions. 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.
The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At VEREIT
The Executive VP & Chief Investment Officer, Thomas Roberts, made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$247k worth of shares at a price of US$9.87 each. While insider selling is a negative, to us, it is more negative if the shares are sold at a lower price. The good news is that this large sale was at well above current price of US$5.07. So it may not shed much light on insider confidence at current levels. Thomas Roberts was the only individual insider to sell shares in the last twelve months.
You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by individuals) over the last 12 months, below. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!
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Insider Ownership of VEREIT
Looking at the total insider shareholdings in a company can help to inform your view of whether they are well aligned with common shareholders. We usually like to see fairly high levels of insider ownership. It appears that VEREIT insiders own 0.2% of the company, worth about US$12m. This level of insider ownership is good but just short of being particularly stand-out. It certainly does suggest a reasonable degree of alignment.
So What Do The VEREIT Insider Transactions Indicate?
It doesn’t really mean much that no insider has traded VEREIT shares in the last quarter. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by VEREIT insiders. The modest level of insider ownership is, at least, some comfort. So while it’s helpful to know what insiders are doing in terms of buying or selling, it’s also helpful to know the risks that a particular company is facing. To assist with this, we’ve discovered 3 warning signs that you should run your eye over to get a better picture of VEREIT.
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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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