Should You Take Comfort From Insider Transactions At Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) (NASDAQ:LAMR)?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. Unfortunately, there are also plenty of examples of share prices declining precipitously after insiders have sold shares. So before you buy or sell Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) (NASDAQ:LAMR), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

What Is Insider Buying?

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, rules govern insider transactions, and certain disclosures are required.

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 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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Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

In the last twelve months, the biggest single purchase by an insider was when Independent Director John Koerner bought US$991k worth of shares at a price of US$58.27 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price, which is US$66.16. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. While we always like to see insider buying, it’s less meaningful if the purchases were made at much lower prices, as the opportunity they saw may have passed. The good news for Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) share holders is that an insider was buying at near the current price. John Koerner was the only individual insider to buy during the last year.

You can see a visual depiction of insider transactions (by companies and 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!

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NasdaqGS:LAMR Insider Trading Volume July 29th 2020

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Insider Ownership of Lamar Advertising Company (REIT)

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. Usually, the higher the insider ownership, the more likely it is that insiders will be incentivised to build the company for the long term. Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) insiders own 6.1% of the company, currently worth about US$406m based on the recent share price. Most shareholders would be happy to see this sort of insider ownership, since it suggests that management incentives are well aligned with other shareholders.

What Might The Insider Transactions At Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) Tell Us?

It is good to see the recent insider purchase. We also take confidence from the longer term picture of insider transactions. Once you factor in the high insider ownership, it certainly seems like insiders are positive about Lamar Advertising Company (REIT). Looks promising! So these insider transactions can help us build a thesis about the stock, but it’s also worthwhile knowing the risks facing this company. For example, Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) has 3 warning signs (and 1 which makes us a bit uncomfortable) we think you should know about.

Of course Lamar Advertising Company (REIT) may not be the best stock to buy. So you may wish to see this free collection of high quality companies.

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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