How Many Insiders Bought SpareBank 1 SMN (OB:MING) Shares?

We’ve lost count of how many times insiders have accumulated shares in a company that goes on to improve markedly. 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 SpareBank 1 SMN (OB:MING).

Do Insider Transactions Matter?

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.

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. But logic dictates you should pay some attention to whether insiders are buying or selling shares. 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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SpareBank 1 SMN Insider Transactions Over The Last Year

Over the last year, we can see that the biggest insider purchase was by Director Mette Kamsvåg for øre497k worth of shares, at about øre88.74 per share. So it’s clear an insider wanted to buy, at around the current price. Of course they may have changed their mind. But this suggests they are optimistic. In any event it’s generally a positive if insiders are buying shares at around the current price.

In the last twelve months insiders paid øre981k for 11.46k shares purchased. Overall, SpareBank 1 SMN insiders were net buyers last year. They paid about øre85.60 on average. It’s great to see insiders putting their own cash into the company’s stock, albeit at below the recent share price (øre89.70). You can see the insider transactions (by individuals) over the last year depicted in the chart below. If you want to know exactly who sold, for how much, and when, simply click on the graph below!

OB:MING Recent Insider Trading, April 6th 2019
OB:MING Recent Insider Trading, April 6th 2019

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Does SpareBank 1 SMN Boast High Insider Ownership?

I like to look at how many shares insiders own in a company, to help inform my view of how aligned they are with insiders. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Insiders own 0.6% of SpareBank 1 SMN shares, worth about øre75m, according to our data. We do generally prefer see higher levels of insider ownership.

So What Do The SpareBank 1 SMN Insider Transactions Indicate?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. But insiders have shown more of an appetite for the stock, over the last year. Insiders do have a stake in SpareBank 1 SMN and their transactions don’t cause us concern. Therefore, you should should definitely take a look at this FREE report showing analyst forecasts for SpareBank 1 SMN.

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