Did Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACBI) Insiders Sell Shares?

We often see insiders buying up shares in companies that perform well over the long term. 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 before you buy or sell Atlantic Capital Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACBI), you may well want to know whether insiders have been buying or selling.

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

Insider transactions are not the most important thing when it comes to long-term investing. 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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The Last 12 Months Of Insider Transactions At Atlantic Capital Bancshares

Director James Graves made the biggest insider sale in the last 12 months. That single transaction was for US$335k worth of shares at a price of US$20.93 each. So what is clear is that an insider saw fit to sell at around the current price of US$16.29. They might be selling for a variety of reasons, but it’s hard to argue this is a bullish sign. We generally tread carefully if insiders have been selling on market, even if they sold slightly above the current price.

We note that in the last year insiders divested 30.50k shares for a total of US$584k. All up, insiders sold more shares in Atlantic Capital Bancshares than they bought, over the last year. They sold for an average price of about US$19.16. It’s not particularly great to see insiders were selling shares around current prices. Since insiders sell for many reasons, we wouldn’t put too much weight on it. The chart below shows insider transactions over the last year. If you click on the chart, you can see all the individual transactions, including the share price, individual, and the date!

NasdaqGS:ACBI Insider Trading December 18th 18
NasdaqGS:ACBI Insider Trading December 18th 18

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Insider Ownership of Atlantic Capital Bancshares

Another way to test the alignment between the leaders of a company and other shareholders is to look at how many shares they own. A high insider ownership often makes company leadership more mindful of shareholder interests. Atlantic Capital Bancshares insiders own 2.8% of the company, currently worth about US$12m 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.

So What Does This Data Suggest About Atlantic Capital Bancshares Insiders?

There haven’t been any insider transactions in the last three months — that doesn’t mean much. We don’t take much encouragement from the transactions by Atlantic Capital Bancshares insiders. But it’s good to see that insiders own shares in the company. If you are like me, you may want to think about whether this company will grow or shrink. Luckily, you can check this free report showing analyst forecasts for its future.

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